Search for King Richard III Enters New Phase After 'Momentous Discovery Has Potential to Rewrite History'
Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley with a piece of tracery that once held a window. (Credit: University of Leicester)
ScienceDaily (Sep. 12, 2012) — Historic findings of human remains- including a man with apparent battle wounds and curvature of the spine -- have been revealed by an archaeological team from the University of Leicester.
The University of Leicester has been leading the archaeological search for the burial place of King Richard III with Leicester City Council, in association with the Richard III Society. The dig, now in its third week, has yielded dramatic findings of human remains which the University will now subject to rigorous laboratory tests.
The stunning findings of human remains excavated by the archaeologists came from the Choir of the Grey Friars Church.
Richard Taylor, Director of Corporate Affairs at the University and one of the prime movers behind the project, said:
"The University of Leicester applied to the Ministry of Justice under the 1857 Burials Act for permission to exhume human remains found at the Grey Friars site in Leicester.
"The work was conducted by Dr Turi King from the University's Department of Genetics and Dr Jo Appleby and Mathew Morris of our School of Archaeology and Ancient History.