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Skeletons uncovered in friary dig
More than 50 skeletons have been found at the site
Archaeologists in Perth have uncovered more than 50 skeletons at the site of a medieval friary.
The team is excavating land at the corner of Riggs Road and Jeanfield Road before retail units are built.
As well as the bones, the team has discovered pieces of grave slabs, window glass and further evidence of the 13th century Carmelite friary.
It is hoped that once the finds have been processed and catalogued they can be displayed in Perth Museum.
During a previous excavation in 1982 about 20 skeletons were found at the site.
Archaeologist Derek Hall said: "Perth had four friaries - Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan and Carthusian.
"They were taking advantage of the fact that Perth in the medieval period was a very rich Scottish burgh.
"So, they were able to exist outside the town limits and people used to pay the friars to pray for their souls and if they wanted they could also get buried in the friary burial grounds."