Archaeologists to tell world about Richard III dig in Leicester car park
Archaeologists leading the search for Richard III's remains were to brief the world on their progress today.
The team, led by the University of Leicester, believe the king's bones could be underneath Greyfriars car park, in New Street, in the city centre.
News of the excavation has become global news, igniting interest as far afield as America, India and Australia.
The archaeologists, led by Richard Buckley, co-director of the University of Leicester Archaeological Services, were due to meet journalists at the dig site today to give an update on the project.
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After Richard III was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, his body was brought to Leicester where he was buried in the church of the Franciscan Friary, known as Greyfriars. Over time, the location of Greyfriars became lost – but following extensive research by the university and the Richard III Society, the archaeologists believe Greyfriars car park is where the church once stood.
They have been granted permission by Leicester City Council, which owns the car park, to carry out a two-week dig on part of the site.
The team started digging last Friday. So far, they have uncovered the remains of an old building, which they believe could be the Greyfriars church. The dig will continue until next Friday.