Thursday 6 to Friday 7 September 2012

Over the following days, the grave in Trench 1 is fully excavated and the archaeology around it is thoroughly investigated. Church floors matching those in Trench 3 can be seen in the sides of the trench and the north wall of the church is found at the very northern end of Trench 1. These suggest that the burial took place in the south-west corner of the choir, with the grave positioned against the southern choir stall.

  • Richard III’s grave
    Richard III’s grave

In Trench 3, several more graves are uncovered, one containing a large stone coffin, but these date to a much earlier period of the friary’s history. For this reason – and because a ‘plausible candidate’ has already been found – there is no need to investigate these graves further and they are left undisturbed.

A medieval stone coffin buried in the presbytery of the church (G-H)
A medieval stone coffin buried in the presbytery of the church (G-H)

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