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Digging for Richard III By Mike Pitts

Digging for Richard III

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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. This book tells the story of how his grave was found, the people behind the discovery and what it tells us.

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Digging for Richard III: How Archaeology Found the King by Mike Pitts

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.

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Digging for Richard III 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

About Mike Pitts


Mike Pitts is an archaeologist and award-winning journalist. He has been the editor of Britain's leading archaeological magazine, British Archaeology, for over a decade.

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GOR006928431
Digging for Richard III: How Archaeology Found the King by Mike Pitts
Mike Pitts
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Thames & Hudson Ltd
2014-04-14
208
0500252009
9780500252000
N/A
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