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Sep. 12th, 2012

01:35 pm - Fascinating archaeological news about Richard III

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When I first heard that there was an attempt to locate the remains of Richard III during a very short window of opportunity before the last undeveloped portion of the site went under new construction, I didn't dare hold out any hope of actual results - but it turns out that the team found amazing things, including portions of the old Greyfriars building, and...

...wait for it...

...human remains, including a male skeleton showing signs of battle injuries, and some spinal abnormalities.

Many people were buried in abbeys and churches, of course, and many people died in battle, and this may not be him at all, but the fact that these wonderful finds were made under such circumstances amazes me. And I admit I'll be waiting for the results of the DNA tests with interest!

I found a delightful blog called The History Blog that has been covering this story with an enthusiasm that tickled me very much; here's the most recent post:


It includes links to official sites with more news, so fellow Ricardians and/or archaeology buffs can check it out. And I'm adding The History Blog to my favorites list!

Current Mood: excitedexcited


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Date:September 12th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
I'm curious about how they will test the DNA for a link with Richard. I guess he has enough known descendants willing to part with a blood sample. This might at least conclusively rule the bones as *not* Richard's, if that is the case. However, if the DNA in the bones (assuming they find it, which they should) is consistent with that of the modern samples, it might still be tricky to prove that it belonged to Richard. Anyway, it's all fascinating!

By coincidence, I've been reading The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey. One or two friends rave about it, but I'm having trouble getting into the flow. I would prefer it as straight discursive history and not have it wrapped up as a mystery story with Scotland Yard characters.
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Date:September 13th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
According to one of the comments to the History Blog's post, hair from his brother, Edward IV, exists. And then there's this: http://plantagenetdna.webs.com/richardiiisdna.htm
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Date:September 13th, 2012 11:18 am (UTC)
I saw a brief mention of this on the news, but I was determined not to get interested. Thanks Gory. lol I've spent the last 20 minutes googling when I should have been getting ready for work. Fascinating stuff.
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