Medieval skeleton uncovered in a graveyard

Medieval skeleton uncovered in a graveyard

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Caption: Medieval skeleton. Medieval skeleton uncovered in graveyard at Withorn Priory, the cradle of Christianity in Scotland. Over 1600 medieval skeletons from the 13th to 15th centuries have been uncovered at Withorn. Much information can be obtained by studying bones. Many diseases leave distinctive marks on bones. Analysis of the bones and teeth can also reveal the age of the person when they died. Withorn Priory was founded by Saint Ninian in Galloway over 1500 years ago, making it the first Christian settlement in modern-day Scotland. It later became one of Scotland's earliest towns and attracted pilgrims for over 1000 years.

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Keywords: anthropology, archaeolog, archaeological, archaeological excavation, cradle of christiani, excavated skeleton, excavation, fossil man, graveyard, hominid, hominids, hominin, in grave, palaeoanthropology, palaeontology, paleoanthropology, paleontology, scotland, skeleton, withorn priory

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