How forensic statistics nailed the identity of the ‘Last Plantagenet’

Posted by rmt22 at Mar 15, 2017 11:37 AM |
The story of how the body of Richard III was discovered in a Leicester Car Park went global in 2013. We welcome Professor Kevin Schurer to talk about how he was identified.

The discovery and subsequent identification of the skeleton of Richard III beyond any reasonable doubt, was a triumph of multidisciplinary teamwork.

What is less well known is that statistical methods used in forensics and many other disciplines were used by the Leicester Research Team to bring all this evidence together to declare these were the mortal remains of the 'Last Plantagenet'.

In this free public lecture Professor Kevin Schürer, a member of University of Leicester team who helped discover and identify King Richard, will describe the fascinating step by step story of how the team used forensic statistical methods to identify the remains. These underpinned the multidisciplinary detective work to link Richard’s body with his present day relatives that led to the reinternment of England’s re-discovered lost monarch.

This talk, run by the Royal Statistical Society is open to all and will be held on Tuesday 28 March between 6.15 and 7.15pm in our Centre for Medicine.

To register your interest in attending please visit the Eventbrite site.

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