Archaeologists plan more digs at Richard III site

Apr 30, 2013

Archaeologists who unearthed the skeleton of England's King Richard III under a municipal parking lot say they want to dig up a 600-year-old stone coffin found nearby.

University of Leicester scientists say they hope to learn more about the medieval Church of the Grey Friars, where Richard was unceremoniously buried after he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

In February scientists from the university announced that remains found on the site were "beyond reasonable doubt" those of the king.

Now the university says it wants to examine a nearby tomb which may contain the remains of a 14th-century medieval knight, Sir William Moton.

The university said Tuesday it has asked for an exhumation license from the and plans to start digging in July.

Explore further: The 100 million year-old piggyback: Amber reveals earliest example of maternal care in insects

Related Stories

UK lawmakers line up to host Richard III's tomb

Oct 25, 2012

(AP)—British lawmakers are sparring over what may be left of Richard III. No one is certain yet that remains dug up last month at a Leicester parking lot are those of the monarch immortalized by William Shakespeare for ...

Skull found in Britain 'could be King Richard III'

Feb 04, 2013

British archaeologists hunting for the lost remains of King Richard III have revealed the first image of a battle-scarred skull found at a car park ahead of what they said would be a "major announcement" ...

One foot from the grave

Oct 15, 2012

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester who uncovered a grave thought to contain the skeleton of King Richard III have revealed that the remains came within inches of being destroyed by Victorian ...

Recommended for you

Destroyed Mosul artefacts to be rebuilt in 3D

Mar 27, 2015

It didn't take long for the scientific community to react. Two weeks after the sacking of the 300 year-old Mosul Museum by a group of ISIS extremists went viral on Youtube, researchers from the ITN-DCH, IAPP ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.