Medieval knight’s remains are found under city car park

Ross Murray at the grave of a medieval knight that has been discovered under an old city car park in Edinburgh.
Ross Murray at the grave of a medieval knight that has been discovered under an old city car park in Edinburgh.

The remains of a medieval knight or nobleman found underneath a car park are to be moved to make way for a university building.

The grave and evidence of a 13th century monastery were uncovered when archaeologists were called to an Edinburgh Old Town building site.

An elaborate sandstone slab, with carvings of a cross and ornate sword, marked the grave.

The car park was cleared to build a new Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

As part of low carbon measures for the Edinburgh University scheme, work was being carried out in the former car park to create a rainwater harvesting tank for the new building.

Richard Lewis, the City of Edinburgh council culture convener, said it was hoped more would be found out about the remains, but the grave had already been dated to the 13th century.

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