Excavating Richard III from the view of the archaeologists

Posted by ap507 at Oct 31, 2013 03:10 PM |
First book to be published recounting the experiences of those who actually found the remains

Richard Buckley and Mathew Morris, the lead archaeologists behind one of the biggest archaeological finds of recent years - the unearthing of human remains under a car park in Leicester, and their identification, beyond reasonable doubt, as Richard III - have written about the excavation in a new book entitled Richard III – The King Under the Car Park.

The book is to be launched at a public event on Friday 15 November 2013, between 5:30pm-7:30pm, in the Fraser Noble Hall, London Road, Leicester where the authors will be on hand to sign copies.

The aim 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 universal appeal of the project, in a way that is accessible to all audiences.

The book, published in November by the University, is the first to tell the story from the viewpoint of those who actually found the remains in August 2012 - staff at the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) unit, who worked in partnership with Leicester City Council, and in association with the Richard III Society, to excavate Grey Friars in the City Centre.

Since Grey Friars, ULAS has uncovered Roman smokehouses in Pineham, Iron Age cauldrons at Kirby Muxloe, and sent numerous staff out conducting rural excavations.

  • 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.
  • Press release