Schoolchildren go bananas for Richard III

Posted by er134 at May 30, 2013 11:40 AM |
Primary school children will come to the University of Leicester to learn about the science and archaeology used in the Discovery of Richard III

Children will learn the scientific and archaeological skills used to uncover King Richard III at a series of workshop days at the University of Leicester in June.

More than 500 pupils from ten Leicester City primary schools will hear from University of Leicester archaeology and genetics experts at the Richard III Campus Visit days and discover about key archaeological skills - such as identifying artefacts – as well as the findings from the Grey Friars dig and analysis of the skeleton.

They will also find out some of the key genetic concepts that helped researchers identify the Grey Friars skeleton – and will even learn how to extract DNA from a banana.

A medieval knight in full armour will demonstrate how King Richard III received his fatal battlefield injuries.

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