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‘The king in the car park’: new light on the death and burial of Richard III in the Grey Friars church, Leicester, in 1485

  • Richard Buckley (a1), Mathew Morris (a1), Jo Appleby (a2), Turi King (a2) (a3), Deirdre O'Sullivan (a2) and Lin Foxhall (a2)...
Abstract

Archaeologists today do not as a rule seek to excavate the remains of famous people and historical events, but the results of the project reported in this article provide an important exception. Excavations on the site of the Grey Friars friary in Leicester, demolished at the Reformation and subsequently built over, revealed the remains of the friary church with a grave in a high status position beneath the choir. The authors set out the argument that this grave can be associated with historical records indicating that Richard III was buried in this friary after his death at the Battle of Bosworth. Details of the treatment of the corpse and the injuries that it had sustained support their case that this should be identified as the burial of the last Plantagenet king. This paper presents the archaeological and the basic skeletal evidence: the results of the genetic analysis and full osteoarchaeological analysis will be published elsewhere.

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