October 3, 2014

Leith Skeletons Hold Tantalizing Clues to the Past

A 5 year project to rebuild the faces of almost 400 men, women and children discovered in a section of the South Leith Parish Church’s graveyard has yielded intriguing results.

The website Edinburgh News informs us that "One skeleton, of a woman aged between 25 and 35 who died anywhere between 1360 and 1435, was found to be 4ft 11in, 1.5 inches shorter than the average height for a medieval woman. She was found in a mass grave along with two other women and a child, but it is still unclear if this was related to the plague or some other infectious disease.A boy, aged between 13 and 17, was also found and estimated to have died between 1393 and 1445."
Read more at Buried secrets of medieval Leith uncovered

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