The Search for Richard III - Press pack

News and updates on the potentially momentous discovery in Leicester

You can find more information on the project on the University's Search for Richard III website.

The Project

The skull of King Richard III

In one of the most important announcements in the University’s history, our academics revealed on 4 February that the Greyfriars skeleton is indeed that of King Richard III.

The researchers who have led the Search for Richard III presented a wealth of evidence – from DNA results to skeletal analysis – to the world’s media at a press conference in the University’s Council Chamber.

Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley of University of Leicester Archaeological Services delivered the unanimous verdict that the skeleton, found by our archaeologists in August – belonged to the Last Plantagenet King.

The University's announcement and the press conference

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The University of Leicester’s Search for King Richard III, in association with Leicester City Council and the Richard III Society, was the subject of two documentaries made by Darlow Smithson Productions for Channel 4: Richard III: The King in the Car Park and Richard III: The Unseen Story.

Follow the links below for more detail on the results and processes of our scientific investigations.

Richard III graphic panel
By Emma Vieceli, Kate Brown, Paul Duffield.

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