Experts are hoping to puzzle out the mystery of a skeleton found buried in a cemetery in the middle of the Lewes battlefield, the site of the historic 1264 Battle of Lewes, which "resulted in the king's defeat and the summoning of England's first representative parliament - as an 'early struggle for democracy.'" All other battle casualties were "slung into a pit.”
The skeleton was discovered years ago, but not associated with the battle. A fresh look finds the skull showing sword wounds and a large number of blows to the head, identifying the remains as those of a soldier. But if he was part of the battle, why was he buried separately? Edwina Livesey of Sussex Archaeological Society hopes that carbon dating will bring experts closer to an answer before the battle's 750th anniversary in 2014.