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New dig begins at Richard III site in search of Medieval knight

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.

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Richard III team return to dig

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.

The face of Richard III Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/

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 dig site where the remains of King Richard III were found Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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.

Bronze Age wooden boats found in Peterborough

For any archaeologist, finding one Bronze Age wooden boat could be considered a once in a lifetime achievement but experts digging at a quarry near Peterborough found eight of them back in 2011.

Now the 4,000-year old boats are being preserved at the nearby Flag Fen archaeology centre, using techniques that were also used on the Tudor warship the Mary Rose. Stuart Leithes reports.

King's car park in Leicester could be dug up again

King Richard III's skeleton was found underneath a Leicester Council car park in August 2012 Credit: ITV Central

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.

Archaeologists believe there could be more exciting finds beneath the Greyfriars car parl Credit: PA

Museums manager: People feared body-snatchers

Jane Hanney, the Museum Services Manager:

"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."

– Jane Hanney

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Northamptonshire human remains are 'historic'

Human remains discovered at a building in Northamptonshire are historic, archaeologists have confirmed.

The remains of three people - a child aged around 2, a woman older than 45 and a man aged between 35 and 45, were found at a site in Middleton Cheney, near Banbury, in December.

Remains Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Archaeologists believe they date from somewhere between the Roman and post-mediaeval period, Northamptonshire Police said.

All three remains were in a single grave which was positioned in a manner that is consistent with a Christian-style burial.

The bones are historic Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Detective Sergeant Sean Arbuthnot said: "All of the initial indications were that the remains had been at the site for a lengthy period of time and the results we have had from the archaeologists confirm this.

We are still waiting for further results from carbon-dating which may give a more precise indication on the age of the remains, but we are satisfied that they are historic and there is no requirement for any further investigation from us.

Carbon-dating is still taking place Credit: Northamptonshire Police

We will now be contacting the county Historic Environment Record to inform them of the discovery."