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In pictures: Stirling Castle skeletons reveal warriors' violent demise

The discovery of the remains of five "high status" individuals beneath Stirling Castle throws new light on the Wars of Independence of the 13th and 14th centuries.

The significant find offers an extraordinarily rare insight into medieval warfare.

One man, aged 26-35, endured some 44 skull fractures from repeated blows with a blunt object, and up to 60 more across the rest of his body.

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Dr Jo Buckberry of Bradford University, who helped to carry out the research, examines some of the remains.

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The skeletons were found beneath the paved floor of the "lost" Royal Chapel at Stirling Castle.

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The aristocratic individuals are likely to have stood alongside Robert Bruce in the historic victory over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 or with William Wallace at the Scottish triumph at Stirling Bridge in 1297.

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The researchers also found the remains of a female warrior. She is described as robust and muscular, standing 5ft 4in tall.

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Historic Scotland used 3D facial reconstruction technology to bring the medieval knight back to life as part of a new exhibition.

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