Richard III dig in Leicester car park 'is definitely on the right track'
Archaelogists searching for the remains of Richard III in a Leicester car park have said they “are definitely on the right track”.
The team, led by the University of Leicester, were briefing the world on their progress at a press conference today.
Richard Buckley, co-director of the University of Leicester Archaeological Services, said: “We have always been clear that it was a long shot that we would find the King. So far things have gone as well as we could have hoped.
“The finds so far have shown us that we are definitely on the right track.”
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@uniofleicester tweeted live from the press conference where Mr Buckley spoke of the team’s excitement about the progress of the dig.
He said: “We have come right down onto some significant buildings, our suspicions are that we may have found the walls of the church.”
“This has been a bit of a journey, day three we started to see the walls coming though and this has been very exciting.”
“Thursday changed everything with all of the finds and I am now really excited about going forward.”
“The trench we will be digging tomorrow will help to clarify if the walls we have found are the walls of the Church are. The site of the new trench should be well preserved as it hasn't been over developed over the years.”
The team believe the king's bones could be underneath Greyfriars car park, in New Street, in the city centre. 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 dig started last Friday. The dig will continue until next Friday.