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A team of mini-excavators have been deployed in the search for the remains of Richard III in Leicestershire.  Richard III was the ruling monarch of England when he was killed during the Battle of Bosworth in1485. His death led to the end of a tussle for supreme control over the throne called The War of […]

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A team of mini-excavators have been deployed in the search for the remains of Richard III in Leicestershire. 

Richard III was the ruling monarch of England when he was killed during the Battle of Bosworth in1485. His death led to the end of a tussle for supreme control over the throne called The War of the Roses with his rival Henry Tudor, father to Henry VIII and grandfather to Elizabeth I, becoming king.

Historians have debated his final whereabouts for decades but archaeologists believe his body was taken to Franciscan church called Greyfriars in the city of Leicester.

The dig team believe that the excavators have helped them find the buried walls of Greyfriars under a small car park. The team led by University of Leicester’s Richard Buckley used the excavators to two  dig two trenches each 30m long and 1.6m deep.

The team have so far found 2m thick section of wall, which could have been part of the church, as well as evidence of floor tiles and windows.

“We have found the Greyfriars and have uncovered tantalising clues as to the location of the church. It has gone about as well as we could hope for,” Buckley told the media. “We aim to dig a contingency trench over the weekend to see if these walls are the church. If this is the case, we can point to the area where Richard III might have been buried.

 

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