Greyfriars Project - update and images, Wednesday 29 August

Posted by pt91 at Aug 29, 2012 04:55 PM |
The plan today (Wednesday August 29) was to do further hand cleaning of the archaeological deposits exposed after machining in order to clarify the dating and alignment of stone walls that have been revealed.

Unfortunately, due to heavy rain, all work stopped on site in the morning and will not resume again until tomorrow when we hope to be able to provide an update on the significance of the discoveries so far.

Yesterday, the University of Leicester team discovered remains that were very possibly medieval walls - but this is subject to confirmation. The University is also seeking to establish if these are part of the medieval Greyfriars site where Richard III was buried.

A gallery of photographs from the site is now online and will be regularly updated as work progresses.

Co-Director of University of Leicester Archaeological Services, Richard Buckley said: “The search for Richard goes on - it is still a long shot, but the archaeological work we have done so far is revealing more about the archaeology of the Greyfriars area than we ever knew before. In that respect, whatever the outcome - whether we find Richard or not - this work is an advance in terms of helping us to tell the story of the city of Leicester. I am delighted that the University of Leicester is playing a pivotal role in the telling of that story.”

The dig is being filmed for a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary to be aired later this year.