Skeletons at Leith

16 of Edinburgh's most fascinating archaeological discoveries

Founded in the early 12th century, Edinburgh is a city that's positively packed with history - much of it hidden from view.

From the uncovering of 2000-year-old lioness sculptures at Cramond to the excavation of Medieval knights' tombs at Holyrood Road, we take a look at 16 of Edinburgh's most fascinating archaeological discoveries in recent times.

Edinburgh District Council archaeologist Mark Collard with one of the seventeen 16th century skeletons discovered under Magdalen chapel in the Cowgate in July 1992.

1. Skeletons under Magdalen Chapel, 1992

Edinburgh District Council archaeologist Mark Collard with one of the seventeen 16th century skeletons discovered under Magdalen chapel in the Cowgate in July 1992.
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Artefacts dating from the first Jacobite Rising in 1689 were uncovered during excavation works deep under the Castle.

2. Jacobite Rising remnants, Edinburgh Castle, 1999

Artefacts dating from the first Jacobite Rising in 1689 were uncovered during excavation works deep under the Castle.
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In 1997 ferryman Robert Graham unearthed a Roman-era lioness sculpture which had lain in the mud for the best part of 1800 years.

3. Cramond Lioness, 1997

In 1997 ferryman Robert Graham unearthed a Roman-era lioness sculpture which had lain in the mud for the best part of 1800 years.
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A number of ancient stone tombs were discovered next to the Catstane at Turnhouse.

4. Edinburgh Airport's ancient tombs, 1977

A number of ancient stone tombs were discovered next to the Catstane at Turnhouse.
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