A team of researchers from the University of Leicester will tear up an old parking lot this weekend in an attempt to unearth King Richard III’s final resting place.
The archaeologists will be searching under the parking lot of Greyfriars, a Franciscan friary that housed England’s former King after he died in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth.
Reuters reports that the final resting place of King Richard III has remained a mystery to historians for centuries. Richard Buckley, the co-director of Archaeological Services at the University, is hoping to solve that mystery soon.
But Buckley admits that the team would need a good deal of luck to find King Richard III.
“The chances of getting the Greyfriars are about 80 percent. As for Richard III, it’s a real long shot… Not only have we got to find the Greyfriars building, but we’ve also got to find the precise spot where he was buried… It’s very much pot luck in a sense, in that you dig a trench and you may find all sorts of things.”
If Buckley and his team do find the former King they will have him transferred to the Leicester Cathedral.
Richard III only reigned for two years and was the last king to fight in battle.
Philippa Langley, secretary of the Richard III Society in Scotland, hopes that the archaeologists will be able to shed light on how Richard III was killed.
“If we find him, we’ll be able to answer of all those questions: his height, what his build was and obviously how he died…. We know the research tells us we’re in the right place, but as with anything else in archaeology, you’re not going to know until you cut the ground.”