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Image Album: A Medieval Knight's Kin?

Ancient Tomb

skeletons being unearthed at an excavation of a medieval knight's tomb

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In March 2013, University of Edinburgh archaeologists on hand at a construction site in Edinburgh, Scotland unearthed what may be a medieval knight's burial site.

Headstone

The headstone of a medieval knight unearthed in Scotland

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The skeleton was found with a slab engraved with images of a calvary and sword, symbols typically associated with nobility. The markings suggested the grave belonged to a medieval knight.

Excavations continuing

burial crypt unearthed under a parking lot in Edinburgh

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As the excavations continued, archaeologists found seven other complete skeletons and one partial skeleton behind a wall.

Family crypt

Skeletons were unearthed near what may be a knight's tomb in Edinburgh

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The discovery may be a family burial crypt for the knight's relatives.

Several people

skeletons unearthed in an Edinburgh parking lot

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It's possible the team will unearth even more skeletons as excavations continue.

Woman and infant

Skeletal remains unearthed in an Edinburgh parking lot

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Among the finds were an adult female and an infant skeleton.

Historic site

More skeletons unearthed at the site of a Medieval knight's tomb

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Though the site is now a parking lot, archaeologists expected to find historic artifacts: the site was once a 13th century Blackfriars monastery, then a series of high-schools in the 16th and 17th century.

Parking lots

skeletal remains found near a medieval knight's tomb

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Parking lots are rich troves for archaeologistsl: a medieval church was found buried beneath one, and researchers found the remains of King Richard III underneath another.

Tia Ghose
Tia has interned at Science News, Wired.com, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Scientific American, and ScienceNow. She has a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California Santa Cruz.