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5 Discoveries That Would Make Indiana Jones Proud

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King Richard's Field

4. A Medieval King’s Long-lost Grave Site

Wikipedia and the internet have given us the sense that “everything” is now available for us to know if we just go online. But there really is plenty about the past that we are yet ignorant about. A case in point is a recent find in Leicester in Britain.†Archaeologists dug under a parking lot to find the very Greyfriars friary where King Richard III — the last king of the Plantagenet dynasty who was killed after two years on the throne — is thought to have been buried. Medieval window tracery, glazed floor tile fragments (perhaps part of the cloisters walk) and a section of wall have all been uncovered.

Richard III is the subject of a play by Shakespeare. His death in 1485, in the Battle of Bosworth Henry Tudor, was the decisive battle in the War of the Roses which is sometimes seen as marking the end of the Middle Ages.

Memorial plaque to King Richard III

Photo of King Richard’s field, Battle of Bosworth, near Shenton, Leicestershire, where the king died by Bill Sibley via Wikimedia Commons

Photo of plague on memorial to Richard III by Bill Sibley via Wikimedia Commons

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11:35AM PST on Nov 26, 2013

awesome

1:04AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

and a left handed can opener

5:08PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Thanks.

6:43AM PST on Nov 15, 2013

5 amazing discoveries indeed.
Which cause? Environment and wildlife? Archaeology?
I probably missed something.

4:24PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Very interesting. Thank you.

4:23PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Very interesting. Thank you.

7:28PM PST on Nov 13, 2013

TY!

7:27PM PST on Nov 13, 2013

TY!

3:56PM PST on Nov 13, 2013

ty

7:37AM PST on Nov 13, 2013

I do not plan on digging under my living room at retirement. He must have had some "premonition".

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