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King Richard III: The Resolution of a 500 Year Old Cold Case
March 31, 2019, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmFree
Turi King will speak about the Grey Friars archaeological project – which discovered the remains of Richard III (b. 1452) under a parking lot – from the early stages of planning the dig, through to the excavation and the results. Richard III was the last Plantagenet King and was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field, ushering the end of the War of the Roses. It was thought that the chances of finding his remains were slim to none. Nevertheless, Turi King brought her background in archaeology and genetics to the Grey Friars archaeological project when the skeletal remains of a “good candidate” for Richard III were found. She oversaw the DNA analysis from planning the dig through to its conclusion. She will discuss the various strands of analysis, particularly the genetics, carried out on the remains that turned out to be those of Richard III.