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The Death of Richard III

The Death of Richard III
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24 Jan 2019 3pm - 4pm

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Royal Armouries

Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT

Bob Savage gives an insight into his work examining the skeleton of Richard III and identifying the weapons that killed the “king in the car park”.

In September 2012, a skeleton was discovered during an archaeological dig in a Leicester council car park. Part of the project’s remit was to seek out any remains of the last Plantagenet king Richard III, who had been buried in August 1485 following his death at the battle of Bosworth. The skeleton bore signs of both scoliosis and the trauma of battle. In February 2013 it was publicly announced that the skeleton was that of Richard III. After nearly 530 years, the remains of the last king of England to die in battle had been successfully identified.

The University of Leicester’s ‘Search for Richard III’ Archaeological Team selected Bob as the project’s weapons expert, and is one of a handful of experts to have physically examined the remains. He was employed to help find and examine weapon trauma on the skeleton and attempt to identify the various weapons that may have made them. As a result, using both historical and archaeological evidence, we can now create a potential sequence of events that lets us discover the possible last moments and death of Richard III.

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