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Richard III's remains: Leicester car park dug up


Quickbeam

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I didn't know council car parks dated back so far...

He wasn't the most pleasant of kings that we had.

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Aitchbee

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The ancient King is famously remembered to this very day in Cockney rhyming slang parlance.

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Quickbeam

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As epitomised in the Two Ronnies sketch circa 1976...

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NewestRoyWidd1

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Living in Leicester I suppose we should be grateful it's not DeMonfort University that are digging up the carpark,given their apparent desire to take over every possible piece of land in that area by building on it.

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morddwyd

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Another huge commitment for the Met and the army, a Royal funeral at Winsor!

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Aitchbee

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I wonder if this is what really happened in 1485 at Bosworth...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvXKukgk034

It's funny that one of the actors in that scene (Tony Robinson...who plays Baldrick) is now the presenter of the popular archaeology TV programme on Channel 4.

I hope they do a 'special' on the 'Royal Dig'.

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Jock1e

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You would have thought that any graves or bones would have been removed before building the car park.

I will agree with Aitchbee get the Time Team on the job and televise it.Engrossing viewing I must have watched all of their televised digs in the past.

Their chances of finding him probably nil but you never know.

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Condom

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I wonder whose DNA they will use to confirm any finds

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Jock1e

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Condom

There was a program on tv about a couple of months ago where they find your ancestors for you.

The chap that was on it was a well known rower I believe for the uk,

They traced his ancestors way back to King John and King Richard.

They went further back to Kane and able and on to Jesus himself I believe.

Lots of others in between.I don't think he could believe what he was hearing.

They may event get the DNA from him.

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Jock1e

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Looks like I got the names of Kings etc a bit wrong.Bottom part of this will put you right.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/whodoyouthinkyouare/past-stories/matthew-pinsent.shtml

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Aitchbee

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They (the archaeologists) might find traces of decayed organic materials like leather shoes or belts or other artefacts...from the 15th century using carbon-dating techniques (to verify the approximate decade/century)...but DNA identification of human remains ( and proving that they belong to King Richard III ) seem impossible [to me].

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