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Car-park King dig earns Leicester Uni top prize

The University of Leicester has won a Times Higher Education Award for the seventh successive year.

Their discovery of King Richard III under a Leicester city-centre car park, has earned them the award for 'Research Project of the Year', recognising innovative studies that have significant academic impact and capture public imagination.

Using new technology, a facial reconstruction was created from King Richard's remains... Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The annual awards celebrate the achievements of higher education institutions in the UK and so Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Kevin Sch?rer, at the University of Leicester, said:

"This award is fantastic recognition of the world class research and expertise at the University of Leicester...

...The astonishing inter-disciplinary detective work that led to the discovery and identification of King Richard III demonstrates the quality of expertise developed by the University."

The dig-site where the remains of King Richard III were found... Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

King Richard's rise from the grave put into words

The archaeologists who unearthed and identified the remains of King Richard III under a Leicester city-centre car park, have written a book about the events surrounding the excavation.

The face of Richard III, made possible after scans were taken from his skeletal remains... Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Richard Buckley and Matthew Morris made the discovery after joining forces with Leicester County Council, and the book, entitled 'The King Under The Car Park', is set to tell the full story.

From the events leading to his death, right up to how they identified his skeletal remains, Matthew says: "The book reads like a detective story because it all happened like a detective story".

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