NEWHAVEN, Scotland – Workers made a shocking discovery while trying to build an extension onto a primary school in Scotland.
Victoria Primary School is located in Newhaven, a former fishing village that is now part of Edinburgh.
When workers prepared to build an extension onto the school, they thought they may find the remnants of the original harbor and shipyard.
Instead, they found human remains.
Archaeologists carbon dated the skeleton to the 16th or 17th century. They say the remains are that of a man in his 50s, who was most likely a pirate or criminal.
Officials say the bones were found near the gallows in a shallow, unmarked grave, indicating he may have been publicly executed.
“Thanks to carbon dating techniques, archaeologists now know that the skeleton was likely to have been a murder victim — and quite possibly a pirate,” Councillor Richard Lewis, of Edinburgh’s City Council, said in a statement.
Officials say archaeologists will hold a lesson with the children attending the school so they can learn about how they use science to analyze remains.