A wonderful section of floor tiling still intact

Posted on 10 July 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer

In situ tile floor possibly joining on to the rear wall of the choir near Richard III's grave

In situ tile floor possibly joining on to the rear wall of the choir near Richard III's grave

Today I was given the chance to do my part on the Greyfriars dig more than my usual short visits to the dig site to see what is going on. I got there bright and early and was put to work.

Mathew explained to me about bagging finds and how they are labelled and so I started off with a fairly easy job. Everyone else was busy in different parts of the site clearing away the soil on top of areas that might have exciting finds underneath. We were briefly distracted by Radio Leicester coming to interview us, and then I got to do my bit in the actual site. Apart from spending some time speaking to the public on the viewing platform I spent a lot of my day clearing an area near the choir stalls. This area was underneath floorboards and things have fallen in between them and been lost...until now.

Mainly I found chicken bones and oyster shells, which are difficult to date! I did find a tile, like the ones that have been found before and a short price of copper alloy which could be a pin or broach pin.

The find of the day (not found by me, but by John) was the back wall of the choir and a wonderful section of floor tiling still intact. The pattern is much clearer and seems to be recurring pattern made up of four tiles.

I can sympathise with Claire's comment about throwing her on the spoil heap with exhaustion! I don't think I did anything too strenuous but I will definitely sleep well tonight!

The floor of the choir being cleaned
The floor of the choir being cleaned
A Jetton counter or token found on the dig site
A Jetton counter or token found on the dig site
Mathew Morris and Richard Buckley tour the site and discuss the digs progress
Mathew Morris and Richard Buckley tour the site and discuss the digs progress
The dig site viewing platform is now open, Leon Hunt acts as tour guide
The dig site viewing platform is now open, Leon Hunt acts as tour guide

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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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