Digging for Richard III
How Archaeology Found the King
- ISBN 9780500292020
- 19.80 x 13.00 cm
- With 43 illustrations
- First published 2015
‘This book is about far more than the mere killing of a king. It’s about life, discovery and death … gripping detail … original and intriguing … as good as being there’ – BBC History Magazine
‘Pitts has created an utterly compelling read. 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 may well be dusting down your trowel and setting out for the nearest dig’– Will Gore, Independent on Sunday
Take a cast of archaeologists and historians who inhabit different worlds. Add a medieval king who died in battle, and was revived by Shakespeare as the ultimate anti-hero. Throw in a forensic quest with almost unbelievable twists, and a theatrical modern burial with no parallel, and you have the material for an irresistible story for our times.
In the hands of a leading archaeologist and award-winning journalist, the search for a king’s grave becomes the page-turning, entertaining, informed narrative that makes Digging for Richard III the must-read title on the most sensational archaeological find for generations.
Mike Pitts is the editor of British Archaeology magazine, and the author of research on subjects that range from Easter Island to Stonehenge.