Archaeologists find "totally fascinating" medieval friary and human skeletal remains

By Ben Miller | 29 September 2014

Human skeletal remains have been found in the largest medieval excavation ever carried out in Stirling, Scotland

A photo of an archaeological dig site showing a large slab of grey stone next to sticks
Archaeological investigations ahead of a major development at Station Square, in Stirling, have revealed medieval remains© GUARD Archaeology Ltd
Human remains, a section of a wall and a “large assemblage” of medieval material have been found at the headquarters of a 13th century Dominican friary destroyed in Stirling during the Reformation in 1559.

Archaeologists say it is unclear if the skeletal parts of the individual, discovered opposite Stirling Railway Station, date from the foundation of the nearby medieval friary, in 1233, or several centuries later.

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A large piece of architectural stone found at the site© GUARD Archaeology Ltd
"This is an exciting and totally fascinating find,” said Murray Cook, the Archaeologist for Stirling Council.

“For Stirling, this is the first time that a medieval site has been subject to modern excavation on this scale.

“This is real living history being brought into the light. It’s the reason people get into archaeology in the first place.

"Further down the line it would be great to share this story in more detail with the people of Stirling. After all, this is their past."

Animal bone deposits, stone architecture, medieval ceramics and garden soils have also been found at the site.

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A photo of a series of large brown archaeological pits with a digger nearby
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