Lunchtime Lecture: Digging for Richard III

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12 June 2014, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre


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King Richard III, by Unknown artist, late 16th century (late 15th century) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Richard III
by Unknown artist
late 16th century (late 15th century)
NPG 148

Archaeologist Mike Pitts describes the events that lead to Richard III’s remains being excavated from a car park in Leicester in 2013.

The events of Richard III’s reign and his death in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth are known worldwide through Shakespeare’s most performed, filmed and translated history play. Archaeologist Mike Pitts tells the story of how his grave was found -  a project that blended passion, science, luck and detection – and which culminated in two archaeologists carefully raising the bones from a car park in Leicester.

Mike Pitts is an archaeologist and award-winning journalist. He has been the editor of Britain’s leading archaeological magazine, British Archaeology, for the past ten years.

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