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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. […]

Richard III Portrait

Richard III: the significance of the choir

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   According to historical documents, Richard III was stripped and brought to this location following his defeat in the […]

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.

Edible archaeology

Phosphate-analysis pudding

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 […]

Edible archaeology

Jaffa Cake Henge

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 […]

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Time Team: secrets of the Saxon gold

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

Edible archaeology

Bryn celli ddu

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.

Edible archaeology

Archaeological bake-off

Museum of London Archaeology recently held an archaeological bake-off,  raising £86.50 for Refuge: Women and Children against Domestic Violence.  Entries included a festive site snow scene  (with stratigraphy in section  and in plan), a coin hoard buried deep  within a cherry bourbon chocolate  cake, a timber-framed building with  impressive transverse sectional elevation,  chunks of Roman […]