The University of Leicester team have that unearthed the remains of King Richard III in 2012, has returned to the car park to start work on a new dig.
The University of Leicester team that uncovered the remains of King Richard III last year, has today returned to the car park to begin work on a new dig.
Archaeologists want to extend their excavation to discover more about a buried casket and the Church of the Grey Friars where King Richard III was buried in 1485.
The excavation team believes a 600-year-old stone coffin located at the site could hold the remains of medieval knight Sir William Moton, who is believed to have been buried there in 1362 – over a century before King Richard III.
The University of Leicester team which uncovered the remains of King Richard III under a car park is to return to the historic site to begin work on a new dig.
Archaeologists from the university want to extend their excavation to discover more about the Church of the Grey Friars where King Richard III was buried.
The excavation team will also exhume a 600-year-old stone coffin that should contain a high status burial. It may be the remains of a medieval knight called Sir William Moton, who is believed to have been buried at the site in 1362 - over a century before King Richard III.
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Archaeologists in Leicester are planning another dig underneath the car park where the remains of King Richard III were found last August.
Another older tomb was also uncovered, but it had to be covered up before experts could investigate. They're now applying for permission to have another look.
Jane Hanney, the Museum Services Manager:
– Jane Hanney
"It [the mortsafe] doesn't just tell us that people were fearful, but that people were actually doing something about it... that they were actually trying to protect the bodies of their loved ones and the people within their community so that they wouldn't be removed for medical purposes."