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ARTHUR'S SEAT COFFINS
THE Arthur's Seat Coffins were found by Edinburgh schoolboys in 1836. They are 17 miniature coffins, each containing a little painted wooden human effigy dressed in clothes.
One theory is that they are a memorial for the 17 bodies stolen by grave-robbers Burke and Hare. The surviving eight are on display at the Museum of Scotland, in Edinburgh.
SKARA BRAE was discovered in 1850, when a storm stripped the grass from a large mound on the mainland of Orkney known as Skerrabra, revealing an Iron Age settlement.
Some buildings were preserved up to roof level. All contained stone furniture. In one of the labyrinthine buildings, a grave was found with the bodies of two women.
IN 1997 a ferryman in Cramond, near Edinburgh, spotted something peculiar sticking out of the mud. It turned out to be a stone carving of a lioness devouring a human being.
It is a Roman carving which probably stood guard over an important tomb. The Lioness is now on show at the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. …