The remains of a medieval knight found by construction workers in a Edinburgh, Scotland parking lot is gaining interest across the social networks today according to Thursday, March 14 reports on the UPI.
The medieval knight found on Wednesday by construction workers who stated that they called in the archaeologists, revealing that they found the medieval knight’s remains in a sandstone slab that was carved with a cross and sword, a medieval sign of nobility.
The workers stated that they were working yesterday, clearing a former parking lot located behind the University of Edinburgh, when they made the amazing discovery.
Archaeologists quickly arrived at the location and discovered the medieval knight found is the 500-year-old remains of an adult man.
The medieval knight or nobleman, is believed to have been buried near the foundations of a 13th century Blackfriars Monastery. Archaeologists reveal that they will study the remains of the medieval knight found, by focus sing on the corpse’s teeth and bones to determine more detail on the man’s life and cause of death.
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.
“We obviously knew the history of the High School Yards site while we were studying here, but I never imagined I would be back here to make such an incredible discovery,” Headland Archeology’s Ross Murray, a former student at the University, told The Scotsman.
“We used to take breaks between classes just a few feet away from the building’s doorway – and all the time the grave was lying under the car park,” he added.
Edinburgh city councilman revealed that it was a big surprise find and that “the potential to be one of the most significant and exciting archeological discoveries in the city for many years, providing us with yet more clues to what life was like in medieval Edinburgh.”
“This find has the potential to be one of the most significant and exciting archeological discoveries in the city for many years, providing us with yet more clues as to what life was like in Medieval Edinburgh,” he added.
In February, another team of archaeologists found a similar burial sit that contained the remains of England’s King Richard III were found in a parking lot in Leicester, England.
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History buffs are taking time today on Twitter to discuss the excitement of the medieval knight found, and are anxiously awaiting the archaeologists studies revealing more about who this man was.
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