Osteology

The skeleton found at Greyfriars is almost complete but is missing both feet and one lower leg bone (left fibula) which were removed long after the burial, probably due to Victorian disturbance. Otherwise, apart from a few small hand bones and a few teeth, the remains are complete.

No evidence was found for a coffin, clothing or artefacts in the grave. If there was a shroud, it has long since rotted away. A curious anomaly is the position of the hands, crossed over the right hip. This is unusual in English burials of this period and could indicate that the wrists were tied, but it is not possible to prove this beyond doubt.

After excavation, the bones were carefully cleaned with water and soft brushes. After cleaning, it became clear that there were significant injuries on the skeleton. Some of these were visible when the remains were first uncovered, but others were only identified during the analysis.

The skeleton being excavated, showing the curve in the spine and the way the head had been squashed into the grave. The hands may have been tied.
The skeleton being excavated, showing the curve in the spine and the way the head had been squashed into the grave. The hands may have been tied.
The complete skeleton showing the curve of the spine.
The complete skeleton showing the curve of the spine.

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