Five interesting archaeological discoveries….

 

According to this article there have been five interesting archaeological discoveries in the past decade. First among them, of course, is the finding of Richard III’s remains:-

“….When King Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, he was buried in the church of the Grey Friars. In 2012, The Richard III Society collaborated with the University of Leicester to excavate under a Leicester parking lot to look for the church — which they found. But even more shocking was that they also discovered human remains thought to be King Richard III. DNA taken from two living descendants, along with carbon dating, proved it was him. His bones showed 10 battle wounds, including two to the body and eight to the head, as well as evidence of scoliosis. The University of Leicester has a comprehensive website about the various aspects of this archeological project, including details about the scientific methods involved in the identification process and where King Richard III’s remains are now….”

There’s no mention of Philippa Langley, John Ashdown-Hill & Co. regarding Richard’s actual discovery, so I’m mentioning them here. The University of Leicester wouldn’t have considered anything were it not for Philippa’s intuition.

The other four discoveries chosen are Europe’s Oldest Map, the Leg of Queen Nefertari,  a Massive Child Sacrifice Site, and the finding of the Earliest Evidence of Winemaking. A strange collection!

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