The Grey Friars Dig Part 2 - Blog

Richard III’s 561st birthday!

Posted on 02 October 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer

Today would have been Richard III’s 561st birthday!

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  • Cake

My time at the Grey friars dig

Posted on 20 August 2013 by Emma - University of Leicester Intern

My time at the Grey friars dig has been both educational and enjoyable. The team were so supportive and informative, with all members willing to impart their knowledge to better my experience.

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  • Emma

What an experience!

Posted on 4 August 2013 by Claire - University of Leicester Intern

So that's it, the Greyfriars dig part 2 has come to a close and so too have my 4 weeks as part of the world famous archaeology team.

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  • Intern Claire shows how she feels as the dig comes to an end

It's sad to be locking the gate for the last time today

Posted on 28 July 2013 by Mathew Morris - Fieldwork director and archaeologist at ULAS

Well, this is it. Our four weeks on site at Greyfriars are officially over.

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  • Matthew Morris takes the first look at the Stone Coffin contents.

"How many arms did Richard III have?"

Posted on 25 July 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer

I began to notice that there were some regulars appearing on the platform as well, getting their daily update.

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  • Grey friars dig site

Lifting the lid

Posted on 23 July 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer

Today was the day we lifted the lid on the stone coffin. The rain overnight had created a series of pools around the dig site, so it was a good job a tent had been put up over the coffin otherwise it would have been surrounded by pools of water!

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  • How are we going to lift this Stone Kist then?

A levelling experience

Posted on 22 July 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer

Archaeology is full of techniques I had never heard of prior to blogging about this dig! Levelling is the latest technique that I have been exposed to.

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  • The Greyfriars Dig Team work through the hottest day in the UK in seven years.

Time flies when you're having fun?!

Posted on 22 July 2013 by Claire - University of Leicester Intern

Unbelievably it's the end of my third week on the Greyfriars 2 dig. I have absolutely no idea where the time has gone, but don't they say time flies when you're having fun?!

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  • Intern Claire

Archaeology isn't always high tech

Posted on 20 July 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer

Now that the site has been cleaned, marked into grids and measured, the drawing can begin.

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  • Leon Hunt marks the south side of the Friary

Who's in the stone coffin?

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

One of the key findings from the previous dig was this 600-year-old stone coffin that should contain a high status burial.

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  • The choir of the church with the stone coffin uncovered.

Hosing down in the heat

Posted on 17 July 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer

Today, like the last few days has been hot, so the dig site has been increasing dusty.

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  • Hosing down the dig site ready to be photographed.

Deep excavations

Posted on 16 July 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer

Following the visit from Dr Larry Conyers last week, we have had some more interesting visitors to the dig site.

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  • Deep Excavations at the Greyfriars dig site

About the blog

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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