Richard III: Discovery and identification

Reinterring Richard III

It is not every day you have to rebury a king, let alone one who died in a different age, over five centuries ago. A person whose life is still debated today, whose death marked the end of medieval England and the start of the English Renaissance, and whose discovery in 2012 sparked worldwide interest on a scale rarely seen for archaeological discoveries. What was appropriate? Where do you bury a lost king of England? How do you bury a medieval king in the 21st century? If medieval traditions were followed, would they appear too contrived? Would a more contemporary theme be unsympathetic to the occasion? 

These were key questions the project partners faced during the search for Richard III. 

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