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17 February 2017
Surprise announcement made at History Society meeting

An unexpected visitor joined speakers Simon Gunn and Mary Peteranna at the monthly meeting of the Cromarty History Society yesterday evening — bringing exciting new information on the Rosemarkie Caves Project (RCP).

After the scheduled speakers recapped the early exploration of the series of caves extending along the shore from Rosemarkie towards Cromarty and the formation of the RCP partnership with the North of Scotland Archaeology Society (NOSAS), Professor Sue Black of the University of Dundee's Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (Cahid) brought news of the latest discovery.

A human skeleton, discovered in a back cave recess and buried in an unusual cross-legged position, has been radiocarbon dated to have lived 1500 years ago. When sent to Prof Black's Cahid, her team was able to detail the terrible injuries that led to his murder and to produce a facial reconstruction.

For details of the discovery and images of the reconstruction, see the Highland News and BBC News. For a 3D model of the burial site, see this website.