Thursday, February 6, 2014

Edinburgh Bronze Age bodies ‘part of burial sites’

Two Bronze Age bodies discovered beneath an Edinburgh primary school could be part of a nationally significant network of burial plots, archaeologists said. 

Janitor Robert Murray shows the area where prehistoric bones were uncovered [Credit: Phil Wilkinson] 

The discovery of the adult-sized figures, from about 4,000 years ago, has stunned local archaeologists. The dig was carried out as part of a routine survey ahead of the extension of Victoria Primary, in Newhaven. 

Dr Alison Sheridan, principal curator of early prehistory at the National Museums of Scotland, said: “It’s wonderful and very exciting. It’s not unique – in Merrilees Close, in Yardheads, in the 19th century, they found a cist stone box grave with two skeletons who were crouched like this. They were from around 1600BC.”

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