Megan Gannon, News EditorDate: 14 March 2013 Time: 03:46 PM ET

This carved slab, thought to be the headstone of a medieval knight, was found under a parking lot in Edinburgh. CREDIT: Headland Archaeology/ Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

A medieval headstone and skeleton have been found underneath a parking lot in Scotland, and researchers believe they might belong to a knight. Archaeologists who were on hand during the construction of a new building in Edinburgh uncovered a carved sandstone slab, decorated with markers of nobility — a Calvary cross and a sword. Nearby, the team found an adult skeleton, which is thought to have once occupied the grave. Scientists plan to analyze the bones and teeth to learn more about this possible knight or nobleman. “We hope to find out more about the person buried in the tomb once we remove the headstone and get to the remains underneath, but our archaeologists have already dated the gravestone to the thirteenth century,” Richard Lewis, a member of the City of Edinburgh Council, said in a statement. “This find has the potential to be one of the most significant and exciting archaeological discoveries in the city for many years, providing us with yet more clues as to what life was like in medieval Edinburgh.” [8 Grisly Archaeological Discoveries]

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