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Pirate discovered beneath school playground

By T.K. Randall
January 7, 2016 · Comment icon 15 comments

The skeleton belonged to a 16th century pirate. Image Credit: Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
The 500-year-old remains of a convicted pirate have been unearthed beneath a school in Edinburgh.
When human remains were first discovered underneath Victoria Primary School last year archaeologists initially believed that they belonged to an individual from the Bronze Age.

After further study however it soon became evident that the skeleton was actually that of a 16th century pirate who had been executed at the Newhaven dockyards over 600 years ago.

The man, who was thought to have been in his 50s when he died, was probably hanged following a conviction for piracy before having his body put on display as a warning to other pirates.
"Edinburgh has an undeniably intriguing past and some of our archaeological discoveries have been in the strangest of places," said Edinburgh Councillor Richard Lewis.

"It's fantastic that through the council's archaeology and museums service, we are able to investigate such discoveries and add to our understanding of Newhaven's heritage."

The primary school's children were also particularly excited about the find.

"The pupils think itís fantastic that a skeleton was found deep underneath their playground," said headteacher Laura Thompson. "The archaeologists will hold a special lesson with some of the children about how they have used science to analyse the remains and it will be a good learning opportunity for them."

Source: Discovery News | Comments (15)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by bubblykiss 7 years ago
Honestly, I can't be the only one that looked into that face and thought "Oh look, one of the Bush Boys".
Comment icon #7 Posted by spud the mackem 7 years ago
The one that Burke and Hare missed
Comment icon #8 Posted by Eldorado 7 years ago
Pirates in Scotland. Amazing. You think I could afford Windows 8.1 on a postman's wage? *sits drink on shiny Windows 10 coaster*
Comment icon #9 Posted by Aardvark-DK 7 years ago
Captain Jack !
Comment icon #10 Posted by acute 7 years ago
Did they find illegally-downloaded sea shanties on his Rpod? Ooh arr, typical pirate.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sundew 7 years ago
He was there because of the three Arrrrrrrrs: Arrrrreadin', Arrrrwritin', and Arrrrrithmetic.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Misanthropic 7 years ago
Kinda cool. Did they find his parrot too?
Comment icon #13 Posted by acute 7 years ago
Kinda cool. Did they find his parrot too? Yes. The parrot had hooks for wings.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Aardvark-DK 7 years ago
Kinda cool. Did they find his parrot too? And the wooden leg....and a keg of rum...eye patch.....
Comment icon #15 Posted by Black Monk 7 years ago
The one that Burke and Hare missed Burke and Hare murdered 16 people and sold the bodies to Dr Robert Knox as dissection material for his anatomy lectures. They didn't dig up the corpses of the dead.

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