Thursday, March 14, 2013

Knight's tomb found under parking lot

It's not just his royal majesty Richard III, that took a dirt name under a parking lot--it turns out a knight has been found under a lot in Scotland. The headstone above was discovered while excavating for a new building. An adult skeleton was found nearby, which is thought to be the knight or noble in question. The headstone has been dated to the 13th century. From MSNBC:

Builders at the site expected they would find historic objects during construction. Before it became a parking lot (coincidentally, once used by the University of Edinburgh's archaeology department), the site housed the 17th-century Royal High School, the 16th-century Old High School, and the 13th-century Blackfriars Monastery, researchers said. Archaeologists also apparently uncovered some medieval remains of the monastery, which had been destroyed and somewhat lost since the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century.