New community archaeology project in town associated with King Richard III receives funding

A new community archaeology project that provides residents the opportunity to carry out excavations in order to learn more about their town’s history has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Market Bosworth Society in partnership with the University of Leicester has been awarded a grant of £29,000 for their ‘Bosworth Links’ community archaeology project, it was announced today (10 May). Over the … Continue reading New community archaeology project in town associated with King Richard III receives funding

Archaeologists digitally reconstruct King Richard III’s grave

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have used sophisticated photogrammetry software to create an interactive digital model of King Richard III’s grave. The fully rotatable computer model, created by University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) shows the king’s remains in-situ as they were found during the 2012 archaeological excavation. Using photographs taken during the project, sophisticated photogrammetry software has been used to create an accurate … Continue reading Archaeologists digitally reconstruct King Richard III’s grave

Richard III discovery at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition

University scientists present their research at public event from 30 June – 5 July 2015 The team behind the scientific detective story of the decade, the discovery of King Richard III, has been selected as one of 22 exhibitors at the Royal Society’s annual display of the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology in the UK. The exhibit, at the prestigious Royal Society Summer Science … Continue reading Richard III discovery at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition

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…