First academic paper on the Discovery of Richard III published
The University of Leicester’s announcement of its discovery of King Richard III has captured the attention of the world.
Now everyone will be able to read the first academic paper on the archaeology of the Search for Richard III – which has been published in the prestigious journal Antiquity.
The paper reveals details of our archaeologists’ excavation of the Grey Friars site in August – including specific details of the grave dug for King Richard III.
The academics reveal that Richard was casually placed in a badly prepared grave – suggesting gravediggers were in a hurry to bury him.
He was placed in an ‘odd position’ with ‘minimal reverence’ and the torso crammed in – and there is evidence to suggest Richard’s hands may have been tied when he was buried.
The paper was written by key members of the University’s Search for Richard III, including lead archaeologist Richard Buckley and Grey Friars site director Mathew Morris, both from University of Leicester Archaeological Services.
It also includes contributions from osteoarchaeologist Dr Jo Appleby, geneticist Dr Turi King, medieval friary expert Deirdre O’Sullivan and Professor Lin Foxhall, Head of the University’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History.
The full outcomes from the bone analysis and DNA tests will be published in subsequent papers.
Due to the worldwide interest in the discovery of Richard III, the University of Leicester has made arrangements to ensure the paper is publicly available via Antiquity’s website from midday on Friday 24 May.
This means anyone in the world will be able to read the paper online as soon as it is published.
There will be new excavations at the Grey Friars site in July, which will help clarify details around the disposal of the body.
- ‘The king in the car park’: new light on the death and burial of Richard III in the Grey Friars church, Leicester, in 1485 in Antiquity.
- The Search for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council, and in association with the Richard III Society.