Author: Emma Watts-Plumpkin


Richard III: DNA analysis

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 […]

ichard's twisted spine. Copyright University of Leicester

Scoliosis & Richard III

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. […]


Digging A Future

Archaeology graduate Emma Watts-Plumpkin left university in the summer — but not before being bitten by the digging bug. Here she recalls her experiences, from rooky through to old hand. When you have never been on a dig before, it can be quite a daunting prospect. My first excavation was in my initial year at […]