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Digging for Richard III: How Archaeology Found the King Hardcover – 14 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 01 edition (14 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500252009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500252000
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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An entertaining, knowledgeable and forensic examination of one of the most extraordinary archaeological digs ever! --Sir Tony Robinson

Pitts has created an utterly compelling read. --The Independent on Sunday, Will Gore

Mike Pitts tells a compelling story: the resurrection of one of England's most controversial monarchs. 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

Cuts through the hype and hysteria about Richard III. It gives a balanced view of all the historical and archaeological evidence, but at the same time it's a real page-turner. I couldn't put it down. A must for anyone interested in English history. --Francis Pryor, author of 'Britain BC' and 'Britain in the Middle Ages'

Well-crafted, fine-grained ... 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

An utterly compelling book ... This is a book which tells us as much about modern archaeology and the personalities of those who found Richard, as it does about a long dead king. By the end you might be dusting down your trowel and setting out for the nearest dig. --The Independent on Sunday

Mike Pitts [deploys] a battery of techniques for building drama and tension ... a potential bestseller. --Society of Antiquaries Newsletter

A terrific slice of archaeological investigation. --Books Monthly

A fascinating account of history, science and collaboration. --Your Family Tree

[A] wonderfully entertaining exploration of the incredible story, including insights from all the main characters ... Beautifully and knowledgeably written, moving and funny, it's a real page-turner I wasn't able to put down. --Family Tree Magazine

Vividly describes the 2012 excavation. As Pitts stresses in the prologue, it was not a typical dig, and he describes it blow-by-blow; for me it was as good as being there. Excellent stuff. --BBC History Magazine

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

About the Author

Mike Pitts is an archaeologist and award-winning journalist. He has directed his own excavations and conducted scientific research, from Stonehenge to an Easter Island statue, and for the last ten years has edited Britain's leading archaeological magazine, British Archaeology.


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This book has been read with genuine interest and pleasure. It will be kept on my shelves alongside Paul Murray Kendall, Josephine Tey, and other more academic volumes, as a perfect reference source for the memorable Leicester dig. It not only provides the technical information I’d hoped for, I loved the gentle humour which reminded me of archaeologists I’ve known. I particularly appreciate the Leicester team’s opinion that the dig’s outcome wasn’t normal because it certainly was not! Your book fills gaps left by the Channel 4 production of the ‘King in the Carpark,’ and particularly pleases by awarding praise where praise was due. Archaeology has done well for Richard during the last few years. Bosworth battlefield site is more accurately identified than before, the defeated king has been resurrected, all that’s left is for documents to be discovered proving he didn’t murder his nephews (though there's little chance of that). My feelings remain divided between sincere admiration and utmost respect for work done by the Leicester team, and desire to see the king’s remains reburied in York, though thanks to your book I can now fully understand why that almost certainly won’t happen). I really do congratulate and thank you for producing such a well-written and informative publication. I’m sure it will be regarded as essential reading for many future archaeologists and historians.
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This is a totally fascinating and compelling book and is as exciting as an adventure story. It tells how Philippa Langley became interested in Richard III and determined to find his grave having had a feeling she knew exactly where it was. The task was taken on by an archaeological unit in Leicester which undertakes digs for the construction industry and local authorities when new building work is taking place to ensure than historical evidence is not overlooked and destroyed.

Their investigation had two aims - to find the site of the long demolished Grey Friars in the centre of Leicester and also to try and find Richard III's grave. Richard Buckley, the head of the archaeological unit thought finding Richard III's grave was a totally outside chance but he did believe they would find Grey Friars as all the records pointed to the area where they were going to dig.

The book is well written with plenty of notes at the end of the book and a bibliography for those who want to read more about Richard III and the investigation. I was completely absorbed in this book to the extent that I read for about three hours yesterday afternoon without moving. It is that sort of book. If you've every watched Time Team or similar archaeological programmes you will love this.
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Much has been written about the excavation of the remains of Richard III, but nearly all from a journalistic viewpoint. Mike Pitts is an archaeologist (as is this reviewer) and also Editor of the respected 'British Archaeology,' magazine of the CBA. Mike writes authoritatively about the problems and triumphs of the archaeologists involved, without denigrating the work of the historians and journalists.
One disappointing feature is the lack of colour in the illustrations. Perhaps this is a result of economies at the publishers? Whatever, the subject cries out for colour.
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For those who have been fascinated by the discovery of the remains of King Richard III in Leicester, Mike Pitts' excellent account of the background, preparation, discovery and identification stages of the project does this amazing historical, archaeological and scientific achievement justice. The book both amplifies and puts into context the events shown in the Channel 4 "King in the Car Park" documentary, and to some extent explains and foretells the argy bargy and discord that the following two years have seen over the extensive testing and above all the disputed burial place for England's last Plantagenet King.

Pitts is a professional archaeologist, and clearly has close links to the Leicester University team. There is quite a lot of technical detail which he explains in a lucid and uncomplicated way for the lay reader. He has a keen analytical eye for the human interactions, too - he understands and to an extent sympathises with the Ricardians - seeing that their romanticised and passionate advocacy of the King would inevitably create tensions with the extensive forensic investigation that followed the discovery. Neutral he may not be, but he's honest and generous with the credit he gives to all those involved and rightly so.

If I had the teensiest criticism with the book, it is that the technical detail tends to leave you wanting more, for instance he introduces the issue of the remarkable preservation of the bones, not only from the almost constant redevelopment of the area around the Greyfriars Priory, but also that Leicester's geology (the lack of building stone means from Roman times onwards, one era's buildings were plundered and recycled to build the next) preserved the bones when in other places they would have dissolved away ... and leaves that hanging.
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Brilliant - really informative, and quite complex in places, but very readable. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it.
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