Mathew Morris: Revealing Grey Friars – The Search for the historic burial place of King Richard III

Sunday 19th August, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

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Mathew Morris: Revealing Grey Friars - The Search for the historic burial place of King Richard III

The search for the historic burial place of King Richard III, Mathew Morris, one of the lead archaeologists on the Grey Friars Project, will describe what the latest archaeological and historical research reveals about the history and development of this important medieval institution and the people who worshipped at and were buried in the church of the Grey Friars, including the stunning discovery of a mysterious high status lady buried in a lead coffin.

Mathew Morris MA ACIfA Project Officer, Archaeological Services (ULAS), University of Leicester

Mathew has worked for University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) since 2004, excavating a wide range of rural and urban archaeology across the Midlands, from the prehistoric period through to the Industrial Revolution. He graduated from the University of Leicester in 2003 with a BA in Archaeology and an MA in Landscape Studies; his interests include urban archaeology, community archaeology and Roman and medieval archaeology.

Some notable projects include the Highcross Leicester retail development, a massive multi-period urban excavation investigating the north-east quarter of the Roman and medieval town; the Western Road Roman cemetery in Leicester, work on Oakham and Leicester Castles and the Leicester Greyfriars, and the first excavated section of the Lower Icknield Way at Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire. He is also project manager for the Bosworth Links Community Archaeology Project which is exploring the history of Market Bosworth in Leicestershire by digging test-pits in peoples back gardens.

In 2012, he supervised the successful archaeological search for the lost grave of King Richard III. He has co-authored two popular books on Leicestershire archaeology, Visions of Ancient Leicester (2011) and Richard III: The King under the Car Park (2013) and in his spare time he helps lead the Leicestershire Fieldworkers and the Leicestershire branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club.

Book signing: 12.45 pm to 1.00 pm.

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