The events of Richard III’s reign and his death in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth are known worldwide through Shakespeare’s most performed, filmed and translated history play. Digging for Richard III is the page-turning story of how his grave was found, the people behind the discovery and what it tells us. It is the first complete narrative of a project that blended passion, science, luck and detection. Told by a noted archaeologist with access to all the parties involved, it follows the quest from an idea born in an Edinburgh bookshop to the day, fourteen years later, when two archaeologists carefully raised the bones from a car park in Leicester, and the scientific studies that resulted. The vivid tale of a king, his demise and now his rediscovery, this is also an insider’s gripping account of how modern archaeology really works, of how clues meticulously assembled and forensically examined are pieced together to create a narrative worthy of the finest detective fiction. Illustrated with photographs of the dig and its environs, specially drawn artworks of the skeleton, and maps and historic documents that set the scene.
About the Author
Mike Pitts is an archaeologist and award-winning journalist. He has been the editor of Britain’s leading archaeological magazine, British Archaeology, for the past ten years.
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I couldn't wait to read a book about the discovery and forensic research on the remains of Richard III so I paid for a hard cover. This book gave the facts adequately enough. Left me wanting more so if you really want to 'dig deep' (sorry bad pun) maybe a more in depth book might suit you but if you want a brief well written story - this is your go to book.
This fascinating and informative book of the search for and discovery of the controversial king's remains in a parking lot incorporates English history, archaeology and forensics.
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st May 2014
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.2 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1