Remains of possible 16th century pirate found in Edinburgh school
Pirates have been sailing the open waters for some time, and hundreds of years ago, the punishment for being one of them was often swift and fatal.
Archaeologists believe human remains discovered beneath the playground of an Edinburgh, Scotland school belong to one such individual.
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The bones were initially thought to be those of someone who lived during the Bronze Age, as they were badly degraded and buried alongside pottery shards from that era.
Carbon dating revealed they actually hailed back to some time in the 16th to 17th centuries.
A study of the skeleton also suggested the individual, estimated to have been in his 50s, was likely put to death for the crime of piracy.
That theory is largely informed by the burial location – outside of any official cemetery and near the former site of a gibbet, a sort of apparatus used to hang and display captured criminals.
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