Dig deeper: Archaeological team returns to Richard III site for new excavation

Posted by uatemp13 at Jun 28, 2013 04:55 PM |
The archaeologists who made the historic find make an emotional return to the place where it all began
Dig deeper: Archaeological team returns to Richard III site for new excavation

Part of the Victorian wall is removed prior to excavations starting.

The University of Leicester Archaeological Services team, who were instrumental in locating the remains of the last Plantagenet King in 2012, will be returning to the car park where they made their historic find.

The dig, kicking off on Monday 1 July, will hope to confirm plans of the east side of the building and point the way to other burials in the area. The dig should take four weeks, and a Visitor Centre should soon appear to showcase finds from the site.

For Richard Buckley, who led the archaeological project, it’s all in a day’s work: “I get a buzz out of archaeology. That is why I have been doing the job for the past 30 years. The discovery of a King aside, it is the joy of archaeological research, and what we uncover about the past, that spurs me on.”

But, nevertheless, returning to final resting place of Richard III will be “something else” for Buckley: “It will no doubt be an emotional return,” he says.

And so what other secrets could this amazing site hold for archaeologists? By removing part of a Victorian wall at the Greyfriars site, archaeologists hope to uncover other insights into English history - including investigating a 600-year-old stone coffin that could contain the remains of a medieval knight called Sir William Moton, believed to have been buried at the site over a century before King Richard III's death in 1485.

You can keep up to date with the latest discoveries over the coming weeks on our dedicated Richard III website.

  • 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. The originator of the Search was Philippa Langley, of the Richard III Society.