Facial reconstructions show how murdered 6th century men and women might have looked. Cramond grave could have been crypt for royal burials in 6th century Edinburgh
A mass burial found under an Edinburgh car park in 1975 included two murdered warriors and at least two generations of the same family, according to archaeologists who have used the 6th century remains to create a series of facial reconstructions.
At least one of the family members suffered a “violent” and “murderous” end, with one female displaying “shattering” blows to the head and two men carrying severe wounds which did not kill them.
Experts have used forensic techniques and DNA tests to suggest that the bodies could have belonged to a noble family living at the site of a royal stronghold in Cramond, where they were originally found during the excavation of a Roman bath house 40 years ago.
“Many mysteries remain but, thanks to CSI techniques, we’ve managed to make great strides in our understanding of Scotland’s Cramond burials,” says John Lawson, the City of Edinburgh Council archaeologist.
“The study has provided important evidence of life during this time of political turmoil and has helped us answer questions about the Dark Ages. But it has also opened up a whole new world of questions.
“Why did these people migrate to Cramond? What was so special about this area during the dark ages? Why were some of them murdered but given a special burial?
“If this grave was indeed the burial crypt of a noble or royal family, it suggests Cramond just might be a Royal stronghold of the Gododdin. If this is the case, these findings have a significant impact on what is known about the history of Scotland and Northern Britain during the Dark Ages.”
Cramond is believed to be the oldest occupied village in Scotland.
“Thanks to developments in modern science, the council has been able to revisit the remains and carry out an extensive investigation,” says Councillor Richard Lewis, Edinburgh’s Culture Convener.
“The findings have revealed a story even more mysterious than the one we started out with.
“You could be forgiven for mistaking the resulting story for a plot from Game of Thrones.”
(Taken from http://www.culture24.org.uk)