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The Games Mission: Investigating the Trebuchet

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Athletic events at the Olympic Games include four throwing sports: shot put, javelin, discus and hammer. In shot put they throw a heavy metal ball called the shot.  It became part of the Olympic Games in the late 1800s. However, it is said that in the later Middle Ages soldiers would practice a kind of shot put – they would see who could throw a cannon ball the furthest.

At Urquhart you will find a machine that could throw a heavy ball further than any person could– the trebuchet. This trebuchet was built by woodworkers in 1998. The board beside it explains how it works. There were three key parts needed for the trebuchet to throw the heavy ball.

Can you spot one or all of them on the Trebuchet?

Rope net                                Throwing arm                                 Counterweight

Tip: The counterweight was made of a very heavy material; think about where you would need something heavy.


These missions were created in partnership with Historic Scotland.

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In the drawing on the trebuchet information board how many stone balls are sat in the wooden trailer being pulled by two men? (Spell your answer e.g. one, two)

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Discover Explore has been built by The Workshop. It is part of Discovering Places which is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor

Discovering Places is delivered in partnership between The Heritage Alliance and London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Original artwork by Tom Morgan-Jones & The Geography Collective.