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Medieval Knight Found in Edinburgh Parking Lot

Thursday, March 14, 2013

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND—British parking lots are certainly starting to seem like archaeological treasure troves. Hot on the heels of the recovery of Richard III's remains from a parking lot in Leicester, the grave of a medieval knight has been found in a parking lot in the Old Town section of Edinburgh. The skeleton of the grave's one-time occupant was found in the immediate vicinity of the headstone that bore the Calvary Cross. The buried nobleman, uncovered as part of a construction project to build the University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh Center for Carbon Innovation, points to the location of the long lost Blackfriars monastery, which was founded in A.D. 1230 and destroyed during the Protestant Reformation of the mid-1500s.