Grey Friars mystery: Richard III’s neighbour burial probably female

Posted by uatemp13 at Oct 30, 2013 01:53 PM |
Further details emerge of identity of remains in stone tomb
Grey Friars mystery: Richard III’s neighbour burial probably female

The tomb was the first to be found fully intact in Leicester

Richard III may have stolen the show at Grey Friars, but he wasn’t the only prestigious figure buried there. Now the University have opened and examined a lead casket found in a stone tomb just yards from Richard III’s final resting place at Grey Friars - and have revealed that the mysterious remains inside may well be female, in an interview with the Leicester Mercury.

The burial was found in a “Russian doll”-style configuration: a stone sarcophagus containing a lead casket, indicating that whoever was buried inside was of great importance. The University of Leicester Archaeological Services team (ULAS) came up with a few candidates all of whom were male, but endoscopic analysis of the skeleton has refuted all of these.

Archaeologists first uncovered the tomb back in September 2012, shortly after finding the remains of the King but were unable to excavate the tomb fully until July this year, and until October to look inside. They peeked inside using an endoscope, a camera similar to those used for medical examination, at Leicester Royal Infirmary with the hope of getting an idea of the state of preservation before opening the casket. Now the team are looking at the friary’s burial records in a bid to identify the bones.