LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A medieval knight has been found underneath a Edinburgh parking lot. Additionally, the medieval knight has been found just weeks after the remains of Richard III were discovered under a Leicester parking lot.
Last month, Dr Jo Appleby, an osteo-archaeologist from the universityâ€™s School of Archaeology and Ancient History, told news that the skeleton remains of Richard II were found under a city parking lot in Leicaster. The bones had traceable DNA on them. So researchers found a 7th-generation descendant of Richardâ€™s sister to help in DNA matching.
Now archeologist Ross Murray of the University of Edinburgh has found the remains of a medieval knight under a parking lot as well. The remains were found when digging began for the construction of the new Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.
Murray tells news that he was shocked by the discovery. BBC reports the researchers already knew that the dig location was the site of an “18th Century Old High School, the 16th Century Royal High School and the 13th Century Blackfriars Monastery.”
But when Headland Archaeology. found a grave stone, a cross, skeleton remains and more, they were shocked. “This find has the potential to be one of the most significant and exciting archaeological discoveries in the city for many yearsâ€ť said Richard Lewis, the Edinburgh Council culture convener, in a news statement this week.
ECCI director Andy Kerr told the Daily Mail news that “We always knew that the building retrofit might uncover historical artefacts, given the siteâ€™s history â€“ but this knight is an extraordinary and exciting find.” Kerr added “We want our new building to play a key role in shaping Scotlandâ€™s future, as these historical buildings on this site did in their time.”