Scotland Joins in the Carpark Archaeology Fun Too: Medieval Knight Found in Edinburgh

Scotland Joins in the Carpark Archaeology Fun Too: Medieval Knight Found in Edinburgh

“An elaborate sandstone slab, with carvings of a Calvary Cross and ornate sword, marked the grave.” BBC News

It was only last month that news of Richard IIIs remains being found in a British carpark made headlines.

Now, from Scotland – a medieval knight or nobleman has been unearthed in an Edinburgh carpark that was being demolished to make way for a new building for the University of Edinburgh.  In addition:

“Along with the knight or nobleman’s grave and skeleton, the excavation has revealed the exact location of the monastery, which was founded in 1230 by Alexander II (King of Scotland 1214-49) and destroyed during the Protestant Reformation in 1558.”

Sigh.  History is awesome.  The best quote from the article?  Here’s how BBC News described the location of the University of Edinburgh:

“It was already known the area had been the site of the 18th Century Old High School, the 16th Century Royal High School and the 13th Century Blackfriars Monastery.”

Now THAT’s the type of neighbourhood I’d like to park my car in.

Source [BBC News]

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