Isle of Man News - POSTED Mon 05-08-2013

'King in the Car Park' Archaeologist to visit the Island

by Charnwood Tails

'King in the Car Park' Archaeologist to visit the Island

In August and September 2012, a team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester set out to search for the final resting place of Richard III in a car park in central Leicester. Against all odds, the project proved to be successful in locating a potential candidate to be the king, and his identity was subsequently confirmed beyond reasonable doubt after an extensive programme of scientific analysis, generating press interest from all around the globe.

The discovery was documented on television in a programme called “The King in the Car Park”, following the dig from start to finish, with Richard Buckley, the lead archaeologist in the search for the remains of Richard III.

Richard Buckley, Director of the University of Leicester Archaeological Services, is coming to the Isle of Man in September to host a charity fund raising presentation at Arragon Mooar, the home of Dr John Taylor.

His talk at will look at the history surrounding Richard III and a detailed insight into the excavation work at the end of summer 2012, and the amazing circumstances in which the grave was found.

He will also examine the scientific results from tests on the skeleton, and how it was finally confirmed that it was indeed King Richard III, using radiocarbon dating and DNA evidence.

Richard Buckley is a graduate in archaeology from the University of Durham and has spent over 30 years working as an archaeologist in Leicester, specialising in complex Roman and medieval urban sites and historic buildings.

His visit to the Isle of Man will see half the proceeds of the presentation go to the Teapot Trust, which supports children suffering from lupus and related rheumatological conditions.

The Richard III presentation on September 7th will include the talk by Richard Buckley, followed by a question-and-answer session, buffet lunch and refreshments at Arragon Mooar. Limited tickets are available at £35 each and can be reserved by e-mail from or from Shaun Horrocks on 246321 and are on a strictly first come, first served basis.


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