The skeletons of a woman and child were found under the Tower of London's chapel

Staff writer

An excavation of the space beneath the Tower Of London's chapel turned up the 500-year-old skeletons of a woman and child.

"These individuals are the first full skeletons to be assessed by an osteoarchaeologist (bone specialist) from within the Tower of London," Alfred Hawkins, Historic Buildings Curator, said in a statement Monday announcing the discovery.

"This burial was located beneath a mortar surface which was related to a building constructed before 1681, so we know the dog died before the construction of this building," Hawkins said.