Face of Stirling Castle warrior reconstructed
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Posted 18 May 2010 - 07:00 AM
A reconstruction has revealed the face of a medieval knight whose skeleton was discovered at Stirling Castle. Experts are now attempting to discover the identity of the warrior, who is likely to have been killed in the 13th or 14th Century.
The skeleton is one of 10 excavated from the site of a lost royal chapel at the castle. The skeleton of a woman was found near the knight. Forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black is leading the investigation.
It is believed the knight could have been killed during Scotland's Wars of Independence with England. The castle changed hands several times and scientific tests have been used to work out whether the knight might have been a Scot, an Englishman or even French.
Efforts by Prof Black, of Dundee University, to find out more about the warrior's life and death will be featured in BBC Two's History Cold Case series on Thursday.
Richard Strachan, senior archaeologist with Historic Scotland, said the facial reconstruction gives a "powerful impression" of what the knight may have looked like.
"He was a very strong and fit nobleman, with the physique of a professional rugby player, who would have been trained since boyhood to handle heavy swords and other weapons and who would have spent a great deal of time on horseback," he said.
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