Play witness as archaeologists uncover new secrets at Richard III dig site

Posted by er134 at Jul 09, 2013 04:48 PM |
A public viewing platform will be opened this week at the University of Leicester’s new Grey Friars dig
Play witness as archaeologists uncover new secrets at Richard III dig site

Wide shot of the dig site from Alderman Newton's School

The platform, overlooking the University of Leicester’s latest excavation of the car park where the skeletal remains of Richard III were found last year, will allow everyone to watch as archaeologists unearth new secrets about the medieval friary and opens following a successful first week of the team’s month-long excavation.

The public will be able to watch from Wednesday 10 July, as archaeologists from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services investigate the church. The team found evidence of a further five burials during the last dig – including a 600-year-old stone coffin which should contain a high status burial.

They are also hoping to find the remains of three friars, who were beheaded in 1402 by order of Henry IV for treason.

In addition, members of the dig team will be on hand to talk to visitors about the latest progress and discoveries.

The viewing platform – located at the north end of the former Alderman Newton School car park - will be open every day, and will be accessible from St. Martins, opposite Leicester Cathedral. It will be open from Wednesday, 10 July to the end of July, with opening hours from 9am to 4pm.

  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society.  The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.

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