Thursday, 2 May 2013

VIDEO: The search for Richard III – Richard Buckley at CA Live! 2013

Richard Buckley takes CA conference attendees through the discovery of Richard III's remains. Image:
Richard Buckley takes CA conference attendees through the discovery of Richard III’s remains. Image: Aerial-Cam

In September 2012, archaeologists from the University of Leicester announced a significant development in their search for the remains of Richard III, England’s last Medieval monarch: the discovery of human remains thought to be those of the lost king, beneath a carpark in the city centre. Five months later, following an exhaustive battery of scientific tests, the team were able to confirm that these were indeed the bones of the ill-fated Plantaganet.
At our annual conference, Current ArchaeologyLive! 2013,  ULAS’ Richard Buckley, lead archaeologist on the Greyfriars Project, shared the full story of this astonishing piece of archaeological detective work with over 400 rapt attendees. For those who were unable to make it to the conference, however, Richard has kindly agreed to let us make his talk available on our website. Enjoy!

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Richard III replica head to go on show in York

Lifesize reconstruction made from detailed scans of skull found in Leicester car park will be Yorkshire Museum's centrepiece

Richard III
Richard III (1452-1485) had close connections to York and Yorkshire, having spent much of his youth living at Middleham Castle. Photograph: Richard III Society

"King Richard, late mercifully reigning over us, was through great treason … piteously slain and murdered, to the great heaviness of this city," reported the mayor of York's serjeant of the mace a day after Richard III's death at the Battle of Bosworth on 22 August 1485.
More than 500 years later however, the last Yorkist king and a monarch with strong connections to York and Yorkshire, is returning to the city. Not Richard exactly, but a replica head made from detailed scans of Richard's scull, which was found in a Leicester car park last year.
The disconcertingly lifelike replica will take pride of place in a new display at the Yorkshire Museum looking at what is really known about the long-lost-then-found monarch. It is part of York's city wide programme of events marking the importance of Richard III to the city.
The head will be on show from 19 July until October.

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Carbon test hopes for 'Battle of Lewes casualty'


The skull has sword wounds and a large number of blows to the head

Tests are under way on a skeleton found in an East Sussex town to find out if it is a victim of the 1264 Battle of Lewes.
Lewes is gearing up for celebrations next year to mark the 750th anniversary of the battle between the armies of King Henry III and Simon de Montfort.
York University experts are testing bones thought to be those of a soldier.
Sussex Archaeological Society said the skeleton could take centre stage in next year's anniversary celebrations.

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