Face to face with Richard III

More than 500 years after his death, members of the public can look King Richard III in the eye once more, following the unveiling of a reconstruction of how he may have looked. Based on human remains found beneath a carpark in Leicester city centre by University of Leicester Archaeological Services, and recently identified as […]


Richard III: found!

The human remains found beneath a city centre carpark last August are ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ those of Richard III.

The skull of the skeleton found at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester, potentially that of King Richard III. Image credit: University of Leicester

Is this the skull of Richard III?

Is this the skull of Richard III? Today (4 February)  the University of Leicester, with Channel 4, unveiled the world’s first photograph of the human remains found beneath a car park in Leicester city centre, interred in what was once the Grey Friars church. Later this morning archaeologists will announce the results of months of […]

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Meet George: the Curious History of an Egyptian Coffin Lid

In ‘Sherds’,  CA 275, we brought you the story of ‘George’, a sarcophagus lid now housed by the University of Birmingham’s archaeology museum. We were intrigued by the artefact’s long and eventful history, and Collections Assistant  Emily Millward has kindly written us a biography of George, to shed a little light on his past – […]

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A note from the Namur

In CA 273 we shared the story of HMS  Namur, the 18th century  Royal Navy warship found beneath the floorboards of the Wheelwrights Shop at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, and how her identity was revealed. We were very excited to subsequently receive the following message from two of our readers,  Eunice and Ron Shanahan, all […]

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Secrets of an Iron Age smith

New finds at Beechwood Farm, Inverness may help to reveal the ancient techniques of prehistoric Ironworkers, and provide new perspectives on metalworking in northern Scotland.


Egypt in England opens at Wellington Arch

When Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb in November 1922, the Western world was seized by an epidemic of Egyptomania. What is less well known, however, is that England’s enduring interest in all things Egyptian has much earlier roots. Now English Heritage’s new  exhibition in the  recently-reopened Wellington Arch  on Hyde Park Corner, launched to mark […]

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More accolades for Operation Nightingale

Operation Nightingale, the innovative rehabilitation project using archaeological fieldwork to help the recovery of soldiers wounded in Afghanistan, has added two more prizes to its trophy cabinet, after their success at the MOD’s Sanctuary Awards. Having already won the Project of Special Merit award at this year’s British Archaeological Awards, Operation Nightingale yesterday took first […]

3. The third trench being cleaned by archaeologists after machining (Credit - University of Leicester)

Richard III: found?

University of Leicester archaeologists have found a male skeleton with possible battle injuries and a distorted spine.