Digging For Richard III: How Archaeology Found the King by Mike Pitts


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. But when the remains of the former monarch were discovered in a car park in Leicester in 2012, a new chapter in the story began. portrait

Digging for Richard III is the story of how his grave was found, the people behind the discovery and what it tells us. Published to coincide with the reinterment of Richard III, this is the only book to take the reader through the whole story from an archaeological perspective.  bones

It is the first complete narrative of a project that blended passion, science, luck and detection – a Tutankhamun for our times. Illustrated with photographs of the dig and its environs, specially drawn artworks of the skeleton, and maps and historic documents that set the scene, it is, says Sir Tony Robinson, ‘an entertaining, knowledgeable and forensic examination of one of the most extraordinary archaeological digs ever!’. car-park

Told by archaeologist and award-winning journalist Mike Pitts, with access to all the parties involved, it follows the quest from an idea born in an Edinburgh bookshop to the day, fourteen years later, when two archaeologists carefully raised the bones from a car park in Leicester, and the scientific studies that resulted. dig-site

The vivid tale of a king, his demise and now his rediscovery, this is also an insider’s gripping account of how modern archaeology really works, of how clues meticulously assembled and forensically examined are pieced together to create a narrative worthy of the finest detective fiction.


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