Richard’s remains | Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015

The discovery of King Richard III’s skeleton has been the scientific detective story of the decade. This summer, the University of Leicester will be taking part in the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition in London. Richard’s remains | Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015 Free for all ages, 30 June – 5 July, 2015 Continue reading Richard’s remains | Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015

‘Grant me the carving of my name’

What a week! Leicester rose to the occasion and reburied King Richard III with style; a perfect blend of solemnity and pageantry, mixing the old and the new with dignity and honour. I’m not one for writing a sentimental eulogy for the project that has dominated the last two and a half years of my life, but forgive me if this turns out as such. … Continue reading ‘Grant me the carving of my name’

King Richard III’s mortal remains depart from University of Leicester

In a short and moving ceremony the University of Leicester and guests marked the departure of Richard III’s mortal remains after nearly three years of research and guardianship. Those present included many of the research team and their families – from the volunteers who helped during the excavation to the lab technicians who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to identify the remains; ULAS archaeologists, scientists, … Continue reading King Richard III’s mortal remains depart from University of Leicester

The house that Herrick built

By now, the history of the Grey Friars and its role as the burial place of King Richard III is widely known, but what happened after the friary closed in 1538? Over the next 30 years the church was pulled down and the remaining buildings were left to gradually decay, providing a useful quarry of building stone for Leicester’s inhabitants. The site passed through a … Continue reading The house that Herrick built

Timelapse offers unique insight into Richard III burial site dig

The University of Leicester has released a unique insight into the archaeological dig that has captured the imagination of the world, with new film footage of a second excavation at the site where the remains of King Richard III were discovered in 2012. The sequence – an 11 minute time-lapse video – documents the month-long dig undertaken by archaeologists at the University of Leicester in … Continue reading Timelapse offers unique insight into Richard III burial site dig

FIND SPOTLIGHT: The Grey Friars tile

This late 13th century floor tile is one of many found during the excavation of Grey Friars in Leicester in 2012. The tile is of a ‘Stabbed Wessex’ style, commonly found across the English midlands, and it would have originally been laid in the chancel of the friary church, most likely in the choir area. The design appears to be that of an eagle displayed … Continue reading FIND SPOTLIGHT: The Grey Friars tile

Secrets of other Grey Friars skeletons revealed…

King Richard III was not the only person to be buried inside the Grey Friars church in Leicester. Over the course of the 2012 and 2013 excavations, archaeologists identified a further ten potential graves inside the chancel of the church including a mysterious stone sarcophagus found close to the site of Richard III’s hastily dug grave. In 2013, archaeologists fully excavated three of these graves, … Continue reading Secrets of other Grey Friars skeletons revealed…

Grey Friars Phase II: The 2013 excavation

The discovery of the lost friary of Grey Friars and the remains of King Richard III in 2012 was by no means the end of the Grey Friars Project. In July 2013, archaeologists returned to the site to carry out a second, month-long excavation as part of the site’s ongoing interpretation as a heritage asset. The continued investigation of the area around Richard III’s grave … Continue reading Grey Friars Phase II: The 2013 excavation

New film footage reveals discovery of ‘killer blow’ to King Richard III

Previously unseen film footage  released by the University of Leicester reveals for the first time details of the potential killer blow that claimed the life of King Richard III.  The sequence – showing the dramatic injury to the base of the skull as well as the inside of the top of the skull  – was taken by University video producer Carl Vivian who is chronicling … Continue reading New film footage reveals discovery of ‘killer blow’ to King Richard III

Free online course provides insights into Richard III reinterment

The third run of the free popular ‘England in the Time of King Richard III’ online course will be launching on Monday 16 February – and will offer a fascinating insight into life during 15th century England in the build up to the reinterment of Richard III on Thursday 26 March. The course, which is offered for free by the University of Leicester in association … Continue reading Free online course provides insights into Richard III reinterment