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

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

Hardback Published: 05/05/2014
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The events of Richard IIIs reign and his death in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth are known worldwide through Shakespeares 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 insiders 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

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“Fascinating and Accessible”

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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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“Fascinating account of an extraordinary event!”

This well written book was a pleasure to read. Packed full of insightful information it is perfect for both the academic historian and the general reader. I followed the dig as it unfolded in the news and Pitts really... More

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