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The nature of this outlying burial and unhealed injuries found on the skull suggest this may not have been a legitimate burial, but a victim of violence concealed in a shallow grave.

The site was previously home to a royal castle, which was destroyed by flood in 1209.

In the 14th century a virulent strain of the plague arrived in London to devastating effect.

It is thought that the outbreak, which struck in 1348, wiped out between a third and half of London’s population.

Using the latest scientific methods, careful analysis by experts has provided insights into the health and history of each individual, bringing to life stories that have long been hidden beneath the ground.

Each skeleton exhibits pathologies that expose the multiple challenges of life in the past, from fractures and trauma, cancer and the effects of syphilis, to rickets, arthritis and tooth decay.

The deformation of the bone could have been a result of childhood rickets, caused by vitamin D deficiency.

This would make this the earliest case ever recorded.

Extensive stable isotype testing conducted by the University of Bradford revealed that despite the island location this individual didn’t eat fish but a diet of plants and protein from land. A small population of burials associated with the medieval chapel of St Laurence were revealed.The skeleton which entered the Anatomy Museum at the University of Glasgow was later transferred to the Hunterian Museum, within whose collections it remains today.