Tony Robinson, filming a piece to camera at Rise Hill

Stop all the spades, fill all the trenches in…

While browsing the web for fun archaeological things to share with our readers (it is Friday, after all!) we stumbled on this fantastic ‘Eulogy for Time Team’, based on W H Auden’s  Stop All The Clocks. It was originally printed in the Australian edition of the  Big Issue, and by the power of the internet […]


Reconstructing Richard III’s resting place

Two days after unveiling a reconstruction of the face of Richard III, Leicester experts have now recreated how Greyfriars, his final resting place, might have looked. Built in 1230, Greyfriars was one of the first Franciscan friaries to be established in England, just 6 years after the order came  to Britain, but it was completely […]


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 […]


CA 274

Covering the end of Time Team feels like writing an obituary. The programme has been there for much of my personal journey through archaeology. I first stumbled across it in 1996 as a channel-hopping schoolboy hoping to delay my homework a little longer. Stunned by the team’s discoveries at Stanton Harcourt, watching the episode was […]

Richard's cake

MOLA’s Movember masterpiece

This edible portrait of Mortimer Wheeler was baked by  Richard Ward, an  archaeologist working on one of the Walbrook sites currently under excavation by MOLA, and sent in by his colleague Sadie Watson. MOLA  have been raising money for  charity by baking cakes, and as this month’s cause was (of course) Movember, they chose to […]

Medieval masonry begins to emerge in trench 2. Image: University of Leicester

Richard III: the search for the last Plantagenet king

On 12th September the University of Leicester held an extraordinary press conference. They announced that a three week dig seeking the remains of Richard III had ‘entered a new phase’ with DNA testing under way on an adult male skeleton. So what had they discovered? Richard Buckley, Jo Appleby, and Helen Foxhall Forbes told Matthew […]


Miraculous survival: How Richard III’s church was preserved

If it seems a stroke of incredible good fortune that ULAS’ trial trenches came down on the very features that were needed to lead archaeologists to Greyfriars’ church – according to historical documents, the burial place of Richard III – the story of how the structure’s remains managed to survive 500 years while the site […]