Archaeologists’ first book on Richard III officially launched

Posted by er134 at Nov 19, 2013 05:20 PM |
‘The King under the car park’ is first book written by those who actually found remains
Archaeologists’ first book on Richard III officially launched

(L-R) Richard Buckley and Mathew Morris at the book launch

A new book, Richard III – The King under the car park, written by Mathew Morris and Richard Buckley, archeologists from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), saw its official launch on Friday 15 November 2013.

This is the first book to address the spectacular discoveries at Grey Friars from the point of view of the archaeologists who actually uncovered the remains.

For the archaeologists, it is the end of a momentous journey which began with a very unlikely discovery and ended with the identification of a king “beyond reasonable doubt”.

The launch, at the Fraser Noble Building, was open to the public and featured speeches by Richard Buckley and Vice-Chancellor Bob Burgess.

Both Richard Buckley and Mathew Morris were on hand to sign copies at the launch, as well as answer questions from curious members of the public. BBC Leicester's Bridget Blair also came down to interview both archaeologists.

Mathew Morris said: “The point of the book is to present all of the information on the excavation of Grey Friars and Richard III in a fact-based, unbiased way, but also, given the huge excitement over the project, in a way that’s accessible to everyone.”

'The King under the Car Park' is on sale now via the University Bookshop and, priced at £8.95.

  • 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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