Medieval knight found in Scotland: The skeleton and grave of what appears to be a Medieval knight was found in Edinburgh.
The grave belonging to a Medieval-era knight or possibly a nobleman was discovered in a parking lot in Scotland.
The remains of the knight will be moved to clear the way for a new university building, said Headland Archaeology on Wednesday.
The remains were found at the site of the 13th century Blackfriars Monastery in Edinburgh. It was also the location of a 16th century royal school and an 18th century high school.
“The discovery was made when archaeologists uncovered the corner of an elaborately decorated sandstone slab with the telltale markings of a member of the nobility—the carvings of the Calvary Cross and an ornate sword, which tells us this belonged to a high status individual such as a knight or other nobleman,” reads a press release from Headland Archaeology.
They also found an adult male skeleton, which likely occupied the grave, according to the organization.
“We hope to find out more about the person buried in the tomb once we remove the headstone and get to the remains underneath but our archaeologists have already dated the gravestone to the thirteenth century,” stated Councillor Richard Lewis, culture convener of the City of Edinburgh Council.
Lewis described the finding as “one of the most significant and exciting archaeological discoveries in the city for many years” and it gives researchers “more clues as to what life was like in Medieval Edinburgh.”
Researchers will now have to analyze the teeth and the skeleton to obtain more information about the individual, how he died, where he lived, and what he ate.
“We used to take breaks between classes just a few feet away in the building’s doorway and all that time the grave was lying under the car park,” said Ross Murray, with Headland Archaeology, who made the discovery of the knight.
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