The tomb of a medieval nobleman that was discovered during building work at a Scottish parking lot will likely be moved to make way for a new environmental development, the BBC reports.
The ornately carved grave was found amid the ruins of a 13th century monastery in the Old Town area of Edinburgh. The site has been earmarked for a rainwater-harvesting tank for the city’s new Centre for Carbon Innovation.
City of Edinburgh Cultural Convener Richard Lewis told the BBC that he hoped the dig would disclose many more ancient secrets in the coming months. “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,” he said.
Excavation work has already revealed the precise location of the monastery, which was founded in 1230 by King Alexander II, the ruler of Scotland from 1214-49. The building was destroyed in 1558 during the Protestant Reformation inspired by Martin Luther.
The bones and teeth of the skeleton, thought to be a nobleman or knight, are to be analyzed by experts to learn more about his lifestyle and habits, says the U.K. Mirror. Apart from the monastery, experts were already aware of a 16th century Royal High School and 18th century High School located in the same area.
“We knew the history of the High School Yards site while we were studying here, but I never imagined I would be back here to make such an incredible discovery,” said archaeologist Ross Murray, according to the Scotsman.
British parking lots appear to hide an unwarranted amount of historical secrets; the Edinburgh discovery comes just one month after the skeleton of King Richard III was unearthed beneath a similar facility in Leicester.
(PHOTOS: King Richard III’s Skeleton)