Who's in the stone coffin?

Posted on 18 July 2013 by Mathew Morris - Fieldwork director and archaeologist at ULAS

The choir of the church with the stone coffin uncovered.

The choir of the church with the stone coffin uncovered.

One of the key findings from the previous dig was this 600-year-old stone coffin that should contain a high status burial. The coffin may belong to a medieval knight called Sir William Moton, who is believed to have been buried at the site in 1362. Alternatively, it could belong to one of the friary’s founders - Peter Swynsfeld, who died in 1272, or William of Nottingham, who died in 1330.

Realistically the only way of identifying the remains in the stone coffin is if there is a name or some other form of identification inside.... A stamp in the lead lining or something like that... and that's unlikely

Jon Coward marks out a grid ready to begin recording the dig site.

Jon Coward marks out a grid ready to begin recording the dig site.

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Keep up to date with the progress of the Grey Friars Dig Part II throughout July 2013 via regular updates on this site. The body of King Richard III was discovered here in 2012 – who and what else lies beneath this now-famous car park?


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