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The School welcomed award-winning archaeologist Richard Buckley to the Old Chapel on Wednesday 7 May, to lead a talk on the discovery of Richard III in a Leicester car park.
2014 winner of Archaeologist of the Year award, Richard directed the project which located, unearthed and identified the 500-year-old royal remains of King Richard III, who reigned from 1483 to 1485 and died at the Battle of Bosworth. Since uncovering the bones in August 2012, Richard has received a number of awards for the find, including the coveted Queen’s Anniversary Prize.
To an audience of around 150 staff, pupils and friends of the School, Richard talked about how his team had never expected to find Richard III. He said, “I remember the launch of the dig, standing there thinking ‘if we find part of the friary then that’ll be nice’.” Little did he know that they would make one of the most exciting discoveries of recent times.
A Durham University graduate, Richard was a field officer with the Leicestershire Archaeological Unit from 1980 to 1995. As codirector of University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), he manages archaeological fieldwork projects, specialising in urban sites and historic buildings in the East Midlands.
The study of history at St John’s allows pupils to understand how human experience has produced the world we live in today. After such a captivating talk for all who attended, history remains a subject of intrigue and fascination.
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