Relics Cluster Launch Event: 'Finding Richard III'
Monday 12 October, 2015
Cluster's inaugural lecture on Richard III by Turi King and Jo Appleby (Leicester).
In August 2012, the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) began a search for the lost grave of King Richard III, the last English king to die in battle, as part of the Looking For Richard project led by Philippa Langley MBE. In the friary of Greyfriars church car park the team located a battle-scarred skeleton with distinct spinal curvature. Following extensive analysis including osteological matching by Dr. Jo Appleby and DNA identification by Dr. Turi King, the University announced to the world's press that these remains were unequivocally those of King Richard III.
The Relics Cluster was officially launched on 12th October 2015 with an inaugural lecture on the Richard III research by Jo Appleby and Turi King (Leicester) who gave a fascinating talk on the work they and their team, have done on the Richard III remains. Prior to the talk, Prof. Tom Higham introduced the new Relics cluster and described the scientific methods that can now be brought to bear on ancient human remains, including DNA typing, 14C, stable isotope analysis, bone osteology and pathology. Turi and Jo’s lecture gave the audience (including academics from a range of fields, students and members of the public) a fascinating insight into these applications in a real and very important case, with many interesting behind-the-scenes insights and anecdotes.
This lecture can also be accessed directly from the Livestream website here