At least he’s not cursed: 16th Century pirate skeleton found under school

J.M. Aucoin . History, Pirates/Nautical 959 No Comments

Schools are so much cooler nowadays.

Archaeologists have announced that they have found the possible remains of a 16th Century pirate beneath a school it Scotland. Workers originally expected to find remains of an old harbor and shipbuilding industry. Instead: skeleton.

Archaeologists originally thought the remains belonged to the Bronze Age until carbon dating set the bones to the 16th-17th Centuries.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Thanks to carbon dating techniques, archaeologists now know that the skeleton was likely to have been a murder victim – and quite possibly a pirate. 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.”

And thanks to the magic of technology and forensic artist Hayley Fisher, we have a facial reconstruction of the skull (shown above).

Pirate Gibetting

Gibbeting refers to the use of a gallows-type structure from which the dead or dying bodies of executed criminals were hanged on public display to deter other existing or potential criminals.

Archaeologists believe the man, estimated to be in his 50s at time of death, was executed for piracy or related crimes before buried in a shallow, unmarked grave. The body was found near the water and a gibbet instead of nearby graveyards. Archaeologists also believe this means he was displayed to the populace before burial.

Sources:
Sky News
Heritage Daily

 

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J.M. Aucoin

Author. Fencer. Sometimes actor. Full-time nerd. I write swashbucklers & historical adventure novels.

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