A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse! Such were Richard the III’s last words according to Shakespeare – recorded in Act V scene iv of The Life and Death of Richard the Third, a play that largely contributed to the infamous image of the monarch after his death. Now the recent discovery […]
Update: for an account of how DNA analysis confirmed the identity of Richard III, see our short article by Dr Turi King, who led this aspect of the research. The recently-discovered skeletal remains thought to be a ‘prime candidate’ for Richard III are to undergo DNA analysis in order to confirm their identity. This […]
University of Leicester archaeologists today (12 September) announced the discovery of an adult male skeleton suffering from scoliosis, which they believe may be the remains of Richard III. What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, where the spine curves either to the left or to the right of the body. […]
University of Leicester archaeologists today (12 September) announced that they may have found the remains of Richard III beneath the choir (also spelt quire) of Greyfriars Church, a Franciscan friary recently rediscovered under Leicester City carpark. According to historical documents, Richard III was stripped and brought to this location following his defeat in the […]
University of Leicester archaeologists have found a male skeleton with possible battle injuries and a distorted spine.
University of Leicester archaeologists have found the lost church where Richard III was buried over 500 years ago – under a City Council carpark.
This cake was made for Dr Johanna Ullrich, a phosphate-analysis specialist, to mark her departure from the University College Dublin School of Archaeology last October. On top of the cake there is an Ogham stone, a grey box marked ‘phosphate analysis’, and the blue book is Renfrew and Bahn’s Archaeology: theories, methods and practice. Sent […]
This model of Stonehenge is one of eight other Jaffa Cake creations Dominic Wilcox made to represent Britain, from Tower Bridge to the Loch Ness monster. The building blocks were made by excavating about five different Jaffa Cakes then carefully balancing them in a circle. He created the strangely realistic reflection on the plate by […]
The discovery of the Staffordshire hoard (see CA 236) in July 2009 was one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the last decade. Since then, a dizzying array of interdisciplinary research has taken place to see what this extraordinary collection of artefacts can add to our understanding of Anglo-Saxon England. In this Time Team special, Tony Robinson guided us through what has been found out so far
This cake was made in the style of Bryn celli ddu, a Bronze Age mound and passage grave built over a Neolithic henge and stone circle on Anglesey, for the leaving do of Tanya Berks (Gwynedd Archaeological Trust illustrator and surveyor). Sent in by Matthew Jones, featured in issue 266 of Current Archaeology.