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


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. 


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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.


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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