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Images: New Dig at Richard III's Rediscovered Grave

'King in a Car Park'

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After King Richard III’s grave was discovered under a parking lot in Leicester, England, in the summer of 2012, archaeologists returned to the site the following summer for a fresh dig. Here's what they found.

Work Begins

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Work begins in the summer of 2013 on removing a Victorian wall in Leicester so that archaeologists can expand their investigation of Richard III's gravesite.

Richard's Original Grave

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This humble final resting place of Richard III was mapped during work on the site in 2013.

Richard III 3D grave

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Scientists used laser scans to map the monarch's lost grave.

Medieval Artifacts

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University of Leicester undergraduate intern, Claire Calver, helps excavate a new trench at Richard III's final resting place.

Traces of a Lost Church

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A possible church buttress ready to be recorded.

Secretive Stone Coffin

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An intact stone coffin found in the ruins of Grey Friars, the monastery where Richard III was buried.

Heavy Lifting

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A team of eight lifts the heavy lid of the stone coffin in Leicester.

Lead Coffin Within a Coffin

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A lead coffin found inside a stone coffin in the ruins of Grey Friars in Leicester is believed to contain a high-status medieval burial.

Intact Church Floor

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In situ tile floor possibly joining on to the rear wall of the choir near Richard III's grave.

Medieval Token

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A Jetton counter or token found on the dig site

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