Coffin found at Richard III site

Archaelogists who discovered King Richard III body in a car park in Leicester have found a stone coffin at the same site.

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Archaeologists now work to identify finding

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have discovered a new finding near the site of King Richard III.

Those behind the new discovery believe the grave could contain the remains of one of the founders of the Grey Friars church.

The stone coffin was always the big thing we wanted to investigate during this dig. For me, it was as exciting as finding Richard III. We still don’t know who is inside – so there is still a question mark over it.

None of us in the team have ever seen a lead coffin within a stone coffin before. We will now need to work out how to open it safely, as we don’t want to damage the contents when we are opening the lid.

The coffin could contain William de Moton, Peter Swynsfeld or William of Nottingham – who are all important people.

– Grey Friars site director Mathew Morris, of the University of Leicester Archaeological Services

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Who could the new finding at Richard III site be?

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have unearthed a new discovery near the site of King Richard III.

Those behind the new finding believe the grave could contain the remains of one of the founders of the Grey Friars church.

These include:

  • Peter Swynsfeld, Leader of the English Grey Friars, who died in 1272,
  • William of Nottingham, Leader of the English Grey Friars, who died in 1330, and,
  • Sir William de Moton of Peckleton, 14th century knight, who died between 1356 and 1362.

Many other people, now nameless, were also buried in the Grey Friars church. The University of Leicester say they may never know the identity of the person inside the coffin.

New finding believed to be founder of Grey Friars church

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have unearthed a new discovery near the site of King Richard III.

A medieval stone coffin has been lifted from the ground. Within the coffin, an inner lead coffin was found. Further analysis is to be taken out before they can open the second box.

It took eight people to remove the stone lid from the outer coffin, which is over two metres long.

It is said to be the first fully intact stone coffin to be discovered in Leicester in controlled excavations.

The archaeologists believe the grave could contain the remains of one of the founders of the Grey Friars church.

Read more on the latest discovery here.

View pictures from the discovery here.

Pictures: New finding for Richard III archaeologists

Archaelogists who discovered King Richard III body in a car park in Leicester have found a stone coffin at the same site.

Archaeologists pulling the stone coffin from the ground Credit: University of Leicester
The coffin is believed to hold the remains of one of the founders of the Grey Friars church Credit: University of Leicester
The finding Credit: University of Leicester

New finding at Richard III site

The new findings Credit: University of Leicester

Archaelogists who discovered King Richard III body in a car park in Leicester have found a stone coffin at the same site.

The team from the University of Leicester say there was a lead coffin inside believed to contain the remains of one of the founders of the Grey Friars church.

Leicester's tourism body says the discovery of Richard III has had a significant impact on the city.

More than 100,000 people have now visited an exhibition about the last plantagenet King.

The view from above Credit: University of Leicester

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