The Greyfriars Project - acknowledgements

Projects such as this could not have succeeded without the contribution of many individuals and organisations. ULAS would like to take this opportunity to thank the following for their participation:

Firstly, the archaeological team: The project was managed by Richard Buckley and fieldwork was directed by Mathew Morris and Leon Hunt with the aid of Dr. Jo Appleby, Steve Baker, Pauline Carroll (vol.), Jon Coward, Tony Gnanaratnam, Martin Henson (vol.), Pauline Houghton (vol.), Tom Hoyle, Neil Jefferson, Dr. Turi King, Andrew Mcleish (vol.), Kim Sidwell (vol.) and Ken Wallace (vol. metal detector); and additional help from Phillipa Langley and Karen Labniuk of the Richard III Society.

The archaeological desk-based assessment was written by Leon Hunt; the GPR survey was carried out by Claire Graham and Robbie Austrums of Stratascan Ltd; finds processing was carried out by Nick Cooper with the aid of Heidi Addison and Pauline Houghton (vol.); and this report was written by Mathew Morris.

Thanks to the following individuals for their specialist contribution: Nick Cooper, Project Finds Officer; Dr Jo Appleby, Project Osteologist; Jill Atherton, archaeological illustrator (friary reconstructions); Allison Brough, East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit; Jen Browning, animal bone specialist; Richard Earp, Department of Engineering; Dr. Jackie Hall, architectural fragments specialist; Professor Sarah Hainsworth, Department of Engineering; Derek Hamilton, radiocarbon dating (SUERC); Dr Russell Harris, Loughborough University (3D printing); Elizabeth Johnson, Roman pottery specialist; Dr Turi King, Project Geneticist; Dr Piers Mitchell, University of Cambridge; Professor Bruno Morgan, University Imaging Unit; Anita Radini, environmental specialist; Christopher Ramsey, radiocarbon dating (ORAU); Susan Ripper, archaeological illustrator (architectural fragments); Claire Robinson, Forensic Pathology Unit (CT scanning); Professor Guy Rutty, Forensic Pathology Unit; Debbie Sawday, medieval pottery specialist; Kevin Schurer, Project Genealogist; David Thompson, Loughborough University (3D printing); Robert Woosnam-Savage, Project Weapons Expert (Royal Armouries).

Thanks also to Richard Buckley etc. for their editorial comments, and to Deirdre O’Sullivan and Dr Glyn Coppack for their expertise on medieval friaries; also Professor Norman Housley, medieval history; Dr Sarah Knight, medieval & Tudor English literature; Dr Mary Ann Lund, medieval & Tudor English literature for their expertise; and Jo Buckberry, Biological Anthropology Research Centre, Bradford, for allowing access to the Towton skeletons.

ULAS would also like to thank Richard Taylor, Director of Corporate Affairs and Planning; Ather Mirza, Director of Press and Publications; and Professor Lin Foxhall, Head of School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester.

Additionally, ULAS would like to thank Sir Peter Soulsby, City Mayor, Leicester City Council; Sarah Levitt, Laura Hadland, Nisha Popat and David Orton, Leicester City Museum Service; and Mick Bowers and the staff of Leicester City Council Social Service and Child Service departments for their patience and interest during the excavation and for allowing us to dig up their car park; also Paul Watkins of William Davis Ltd. for allowing us access to the Alderman Newton’s School playground; and Dave Brown and the staff of JoinPoint for their invaluable expertise and equipment (plant).

The Project was filmed by Darlow Smithson for a Channel 4 documentary by Lousie Osmand, Simon Young, Julian Ware, Pete Woods, Alex Rowson, Dwayne McClunie and Simon Farnaby; and for the University of Leicester by Carl Vivian and Colin Brooks.

Finally, ULAS would like to extend special thanks to the Richard III Society, particularly Philippa Langley, without whom this project could never have happened.

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