The Grey Friars Dig Part 2 - Blog

Overseas expertise

Posted on 15 July 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer

Professor Larry Conyers from the University of Denver visits the Greyfriars Car Park and surveys it with ground penetrating radar.

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  • Professor Larry Conyers from the University of Denver

So what have we achieved so far?

Posted on 13 July 2013 by Mathew Morris - Fieldwork director and archaeologist at ULAS

End of week 2 and halfway through the excavation and I promised Charlotte that I would sit down and actually write a blog entry.

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  • Jon Coward cleans up the west wall of the choir with it's in situ tiles.

Questions from the gallery

Posted on 11 July 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer

The viewing platform has been busy though with lots of interested people coming to see how it is all going and ask questions about the dig.

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

A wonderful section of floor tiling still intact

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

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.

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

I'm really surprised at how much goes into a dig

Posted on 8 July 2013 by Claire - University of Leicester Intern

It has been great to see it from the beginning, watching the diggers and their skill, combined with Matt's knowledge of when to stop and check things out by hand.

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  • Old smarties tops that don't quite spell Richard.

Smarties tops

Posted on 8 July 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer

The Greyfriars dig team have finished their first week. The Alderman Newton School car park looks quite different to how it did last week.

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  • Old smarties tops that don't quite spell Richard.

The viewing platform will begin construction tomorrow

Posted on 4 July 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer

So machining has finished. The next step is cleaning up the excavations and uncovering the areas that were excavated last time.

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  • Archaeology intern talking to Mathew Morris at the Grey Friars site

To quote Mathew Morris “It’s good to be back!”

Posted on 3 July 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer

I visited the dig site today (Wednesday) and the team all agree that it's great to be back at Grey Friars.

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  • Medieval tiles

What will we unearth this time?

Posted on 1 July 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer

The next Greyfriars excavation begins on Monday [today] and I have been lucky enough to be involved this time, I started my role in April so I had to watch the Richard III developments on my computer when they were announced.

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  • Preparation started. Next step is to remove the top layer of tarmac

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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