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…The UnQuiet Dead Part II: Archeology

6 Mar

There was some interest in my last post regarding the discovery of Richard III’s body in relation to the archeological dig and the locations of Richard’s death and burial site. So, I decided to do some digging myself and I found (surprised I didn’t find it earlier) the University of Leicester website that chronicles the journey of the dig week by week: University of Leicester, Archeology. If you have the time and are interested, take a look because it’s definitely an insightful read, not just in relation to the discovery of Richard III’s body, but also in relation to the modern-day process of archeology. The site explains specific details of the dig such as how they pinpointed the locations of the dig as well as the necessary steps that are taken before the dig starts & the trenches are dug – do you know what a “ground penetrating radar survey” is? I didn’t either until checking this out.

Ground Penetrating Radar

Ground Penetrating Radar

What’s more surprising is how much “digging” I had to do to find this information. Most articles referencing the discovery of the body mainly discussed the moment of discovery itself rather than the process behind it. I went through article upon article from sources such as BBC & CNN without a single detail about the exact location of the dig – just a vague reference to “a car park in Leicester.” (Of course, I was guilty of that myself in my last post =p ) However, considering the search for the bones was three years in the making, I think it is valuable to know how much work and attention to detail went into it.

 Someone asked me where exactly the bones were found in relation to the battle site so I came up with a few maps with some help from The University of Leicester. One map is from the Leicester website and the other two are google maps. Keep in mind that these are modern-day maps and these may not pinpoint the exact location of, for example, the Battle of Bosworth Field, but they do give you a general idea.  The archeological team did “conduct a desk-based assessment of the Greyfriars area, using old maps and documents to trace the development and use of the land” to identify potential areas where the body may be buried (University of Leicester).

1741 map with modern day map and location of the car parks (dig site area) superimposed.

1741 map with modern day map and location of the car parks (dig site area) superimposed.

Distance from Bosworth Field to the Dig Site - roughly 13.6 miles/30 min drive

Distance from Bosworth Field to the Dig Site – roughly 13.6 miles/30 min drive

Dig SiteGoogle Maps

Dig Site
Google Maps

If you live in the area and have some free time, check it out – feel free to send me any photos/interesting stories!

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