Historian Dr John Ashdown-Hill played an important role in the project. It was he who first identified the Ibsens as descendants of Richard’s sister, Anne of York, via an all-female line. This link enabled University scientists, following their successful extraction of ancient DNA from the Greyfriars remains, to declare that the remains found at Greyfriars were indeed those of King Richard. John also conducted important work, building on that of David Baldwin and others, arguing Richard’s remains were still at Greyfriars and refining thinking about the location of the friary. His work inspired Philippa Langley who instigated the project to look for Richard.