Here are Historic England’s ten top archaeological discoveries of the decade.
Needless to say, the discovery of Richard III’s remains figures high on the list. He’d been thought to have been buried in Leicester Greyfriars…or maybe thrown into the River Soar! But no, Greyfriars was the place. However, what I didn’t know was that Greyfriars itself had also been lost for 400 years as well!
Uh-oh, someone hasn’t read ‘Finding Richard III: The Official Account of Research by the Retrieval and Reburial Project’ (otherwise known as Looking For Richard). Ebook and paperback. It’s all in there – how we sifted the evidence to check he really was buried by the Franciscan friars; how we followed the clues to find the priory church, lost after the dissolution of the monasteries; how we rejected the location for the church that the archaeologists predicted; how the archaeologists refused to look for Richard anyway (and charged us £800 extra to exhume him), then claimed the credit for finding him! I’m just preparing the 3rd reprint as I write this. It’s quite a story, well worth reading. Cheers, Annette.
You all did such professional and endless research on this. We’re forever grateful, Annette.