Greyfriars Project: protecting the archaeology
If you weren’t able to look into the trenches dug in the Greyfriars car park, alas you have missed your chance for the time being. Work has started to protect the underlying archaeology as the weather turns for winter.
These excavations are very important but also fragile since they are largely loose soil, stone and mortar. The infilling is designed to protect them so that they do not deteriorate and is performed in such a way that they can be re-opened once the long-term future of the site is determined. The excavations will be covered by a special plastic membrane before being infilled.
The area of the site thought to be the choir of the lost church of the Grey Friars, where human remains which are potentially Richard III were found, is not being infilled and will be protected from the elements in different ways.
The valuable information which these excavations have provided has been carefully recorded and will be used in future interpretations of the site and medieval Leicester. Discussions about the long-term future of the site are ongoing.