Abstract: Richard III, The King Under the Car Park: the Story of the Search for the Burial Place of England’s Last Plantagenet king

Lecturer: 

In August and September 2012, a team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester set out to search for the final resting place of Richard III in a car park in central Leicester.  Against all odds, the project proved to be successful in locating a potential candidate to be the king, and his identity was subsequently confirmed beyond reasonable doubt after an extensive programme of scientific analysis, including a DNA match with modern-day relatives, generating press interest from all around the globe. 

 

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

University website:

http://www.le.ac.uk/richardiii/

 

Further reading:

Baldwin, D. 1986 King Richard’s Grave in Leicester, Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological & Historical Society 60, 21–24.    See  https://www.le.ac.uk/lahs/downloads/BaldwinSmPagesfromvolumeLX-5.pdf

Buckley, R., Morris, M., Appleby, J., King, T., O’Sullivan, D. & Foxhall, L. 2013 ‘The king in the car park’: new light on the death and burial of Richard III in the Grey Friars church, Leicester, in 1485, Antiquity 87, 519–538.

http://antiquity.ac.uk/ant/087/ant0870001.htm

Morris, M. and Buckley, R. Richard III The King Under the Car Park.  The  Search for England’s last Plantagenet King’.  Leicester:  University of Leicester

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