Monk Bar, the home of the Richard III Experience, is hosting a series of special installations commemorating the re-interment of the last Plantagenet King of England in Leicester Cathedral.
The Impact of Towton
There are also unique archaeological finds from the Towton Battlefield, including personal items including rings, ornaments and spurs.
We also have one of the earliest examples of a gun barrel fragment found in Europe and the remains of Richard III’s chapel at Towton, both displayed for the first time.
New for Summer 2015: Male Skeleton Found at Towton Battlefield
Standing at over 6 feet tall, which is more than 4 inches taller than the average height for males in the Middle Ages, he was between 36 – 45 years old at time of death. The skeleton was discovered close to, but not in, the mass grave at the battleground at Towton, which, along with his height and relatively older age than most other individuals at the battle could denote he was of a high status.
The skeleton shows signs of extensive injuries, from a stab wound in the left foot that shattered bone to cuts on the jaw bone to name a few.
Watch Osteoarchaeologists Prepare the Skeleton for Display
Our archaeologists work closely with human bone specialists to understand what these remains can tell us. Trained osteoarchaeologists then carefully install the remains over a number of hours in specially designed cases.