The Grey Friars Dig Part 2

The University of Leicester is revisiting the site where King Richard III was buried. Archaeologists from the University of Leicester will extend their excavation to discover more about the Church of the Grey Friars. The University is due to begin its excavation on Monday, July 1. It is expected to take around four weeks.

Among the mysteries waiting to be solved is a stone coffin, uncovered in 2012. Could this prestigious burial hold the remains of Sir William Moton, a knight whose burial in the church was recorded in 1362?

“This will be a great opportunity to confirm the plan of the east end of the Grey Friars church and to learn more about its dating and architecture,” explained Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley. “It will also give us the chance to investigate other burials known to be inside the building.”

You can follow the dig’s progress through constant updates on this website. A public viewing platform will be available from the second week of the dig.

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A worker demolishing a dividing wall at the Grey Friars car park
A worker demolishing a dividing wall at the Grey Friars car park.

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