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Digging for Richard III : how archaeology found the king Free read à 104 ë In August 2012 a search began and on February 4 2013 a team from Leicester University delivered its verdict to a mesmerized press room watched by media studios around the world they had found the remains of Richard III whose history isChard III which mostly has already been worked to destruction Archaeology creates new data new stories with a different kind of material physical remains from which modern science can wrest a surprising amount and which provide a direct tangible connection with the past Unlike history archaeological research demands that teams of people w. I've decided not to finish this I was an Anglophile in college and was particularly interested in the much maligned Richard III I was fascinated when his bones were recently found and watched tv footage about it But somehow this very interesting king and finding make for this uite boring book The author throws an awful lot of names at us and the tiny print does not help

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Ith varied backgrounds work together Archaeology is a communal activity in which the interaction of personalities as well as professional skills can change the course of research Photographs from the author s own archives alongside additional material from Leicester University offer a compelling detective story as the evidence is uncovere. History is written by the victors Winston Churchill As a 12 yr old I read a book called The Last Plantagenet an utterly romantic book of historical fiction narrated by a young commoner who is the mistress of Richard III The author makes the case through this narration that Richard III was vilified by history Josephine Tey wrote a book about a bed bound detective who investigates the story and finds enough in the historical record to indicate that Richard III was NOT the villain that Shakespeare made him out to be Regardless of that Richard III is an amazing play The film starring Ian McClellan which places Richard III in a 1930's Nazi Britain is wonderful Shakespeare was after all trying to make the regime Tudors look good Or so some would say Perhaps he truly believed the stories that make Richard out to be evil and twisted both in body and mind A few months ago I was listening to NPR which featured an interview with Mike Pitts British archaeologist and author of this book Happily our library bought some copies This is a fascinating and mostly absorbing book It demonstrates the power of an individual in this case Phillipa Langley a screenwriter and presenter who fell ill and took a book with her on vacation one that most of us would not pick up It was a book written in the 50's that said that history had it all wrong Richard III was actually a good guy By sheer force of will and her ability to connect with people she literally gets the ball rolling Who knew that there are Ricardian societies all over the world who love Richard III and defend his honor Ms Langley was able to get them excited enough to help with the project financially The rest of the story in in this book What got me interested was learning that they had found his skeleton under a car park in Leceistershire If history andor archaeology interest you then get this book It's a blast

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Digging for Richard III how archaeology found the kingIn August 2012 a search began and on February 4 2013 a team from Leicester University delivered its verdict to a mesmerized press room watched by media studios around the world they had found the remains of Richard III whose history is perhaps the most contested of all British monarchs History offers a narrow range of information about Ri. This book gives a fascinating account of the archaeological dig which unearthed the bones of Richard III under a car park in Leicester Although the bones were confirmed as Richard III’s remains in February 2013 the dig began in August 2012 and of course the background goes back many years before that The book begins with a summary of Richard’s life – the last English monarch to die in battle There are also all the rumours about where Richard was supposedly buried and what might have become of his body – including myths it was later thrown into a nearby river It was screenwriter Philippa Langley along with the extremely capable and enthusiastic Richard III Society who eventually approached archaeologist Richard Buckley with the idea of searching for Richard’s remains Philippa Langley’s story is an intriguing one; she became interested in Richard II almost by chance and instinctually she felt he was buried in the car park when she visited there It is easy in this scientific study to overlook such things as human intuition – but I am not sure you can ignore them completely Certainly Philippa Langley did her research but her cold shivers while standing in a Leicester car park is certainly part of the storyIt is fair to say that even while the University of Leicester were brought on side their priorities were different from those of Philippa Langley and the Society While Langley was clear that her interest was in finding Richard III Richard Buckley and his team were interested in discovering the church of the Greyfriars where he was rumoured to be buried and which lay in the area of the dig Indeed Richard Buckley informed Philippa Langley that they were unlikely to be successful is discovering much but she was optimistic Indeed despite setbacks and lack of funding it was an astonishing dig – with major finds including those of the skeleton which was later proven to be Richard III coming thick and fastI really enjoyed this book It is well told from the very beginning through all the testing and research done later – from the excavation to the DNA testing and facial reconstruction Of course the research continues but already we have learnt about how Richard III loved died was buried and later forgotten This dig was full of controversy but also made possible by effort and enthusiasm If you are interested in discovering how Richard III was found and the background behind the search this is a very interesting and well written read