Digging for Richard III: How Archaeology Found the King (Hardback)
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Digging for Richard III: How Archaeology Found the King (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 14/04/2014
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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.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500252000
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'An entertaining, knowledgeable and forensic examination of one of the most extraordinary archaeological digs ever' - Sir Tony Robinson, actor and amateur historian
'The vivid tale of a king, his demise, and the thrilling rediscovery of his remains ... an insider's account of how modern archaeology really works, and how it was used to piece together the mystery of Richard's resting place' - Military History
'Not so much a who-dunnit, as a what- why- and how-dunnit: history's most remarkable cold case, and a fascinating glimpse into the 21st-century world of faith, science and publicity. Compulsively readable' - David Miles, former Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage
'Spellbinding ... Pitts's narrative gives us changing moods, exact dialogue, expressions on faces - and mounting amazement as the uncovering of the skeleton proceeded' - British Archaeology

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“Fascinating and Accessible”

There is a lot to be said for a writer with an academic background who can make history and academic sciences appealling and accessible to the general reading public. Mike Pitts in 'Digging for Richard III'... More

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“An enjoyable account of the famous dig”

An enjoyable and easy read that manages to avoid the slow and difficult pacing that similar books often encounter. This is probably because it is less of a history book and more of a recounting of the build up to the... More

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“The definitive account England's most famous dig!”

There has been a lot written recently about Richard III and the archaeological excavation which unearthed his remains, but personally I feel this is the best and most complete account of the world famous dig. Full of... More

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