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Archaeologists find ancient skeletons on Glasgow site


TWENTY SKELETONS have been unearthed during site investigations on a project in central Glasgow.

The bodies, found in graves in the underlying glacial till, are in a burial ground created by monks of the Greyfriars monastery about 500 years ago.

Headland Archaeology discovered the graves on the site of a mixed used development in the centre of the city. Its work focused on an area known to have been occupied by the late medieval monastery.

URS Corporation carried out the geotechnical site investigation for the project, which will provide living and work space.

Boreholes were sunk to confirm depth to bedrock. The site was found to be underlain by about 2m of fill overlying clays, silts and gravely sands on glacial till. Bedrock lies between 12.6m and 14.2m below ground level.

CBR testing was also carried out on samples collected from the sites of proposed roadways and car parks.

Archaeologists also found several infilled circular structures up to 5m in diameter. At the base of one was a circular stone structure identified as a well. No treatment was considered necessary to ensure the ground stability around it.

A URS geologist accompanied archaeologists during excavation of the structures to assess their potential impact on the streetscape design.

The well is understood to be one of the most important finds in Scotland. Artefacts in it include rare stained glass and pottery. The well will be preserved and incorporated into the final design of the project.

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