Special Encore Presentation: “Bring me the body of Richard III”: When Reality Meets Myth in Archaeology

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Detailed scans of Richard III’s bones and the announcement of the results last week have inspired the media’s renewed interest in the long-dead monarch’s remains.  Now that we know a bit more about Richard’s life and death, here’s an opportunity to revisit the discovery and the exciting journey it launched.

Archaeologists often confront the paradox of reconciling seminal events and larger than life figures with facts on the ground. Where is Noah’s Ark? Where are Jesus’ bones? Previous episodes have addressed specific cases in rigorous detail, but often with results tinged with variable measures of uncertainty. Yet, every so often spectacular finds can be readily tied to dramatic historic events. Today’s episode is a case in point. A team of British archaeologists from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services discovered the body of King Richard III. Armed with…

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