Saturday 1 September 2012

Trench 3, also 30m long, is dug in the school playground (separated from the car park by a Victorian wall) to look for a continuation of B and confirmation of whether it might be the south wall of the church. Broadly parallel to, and overlapping with, Trench 1, this new trench will hopefully be much shallower and less disturbed than the other two. Two substantial east-west robbed walls (G and H) are found, about 7.4m apart, of a thickness and separation consistent with a church, along with large areas of flooring and the hint of further graves. Objective 3 achieved. The trench also reveals an area of paving made from medieval tiles (I).

Walls B and G match up, meaning that the human remains found on the first day (at A) lie inside the eastern half of the church, quite possibly the choir – where Richard III was reputedly buried. For this reason, those remains will be among those exhumed when the licence is granted.

Archaeologists find an area of paving made from medieval tiles as they begin to dig Trench 3 (I).

Archaeologists find an area of paving made from medieval tiles as they begin to dig Trench 3 (I).

Project objectives

  1. Find the remains of the Franciscan friary.
  2. Identify clues to the position/orientation of the buildings.
  3. Within the friary, locate the church.
  4. Within the church, locate the choir.
  5. Within the choir, locate the mortal remains of Richard III.

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