Remains of medieval monks unearthed by roadworks

From the Archaeology News Network:

It is thought the remains are those of 15th century Franciscan monks known to have lived in the town. The find — just six inches below the road’s surface — has excited Fife Council archaeologist Douglas Speirs, who has long tried to pinpoint the exact location of the monks’ ancient burial ground.

The resurfacing work in Greyfriars Gardens has been temporarily abandoned to allow the site to be excavated and the remains preserved.

”St Andrews is a town of considerable antiquity so we always held the possibility of archaeological remains coming to light in that area as part of these works,” Mr Speirs said. ”However, we thought that because they were only reducing the surface by a small margin it wouldn’t be deep enough to disturb anything. Clearly we were wrong.”

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