Richard III team seek a second body

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Archaeologists who discovered the body of King Richard III under a car park now plan to exhume a 600-year-old lead-lined stone coffin found nearby.

University of Leicester Archaeological Services has applied to extend their dig to discover more about the Church of the Grey Friars where King Richard III was buried. In February teams revealed that remains found under the Leicester car park were “beyond reasonable doubt” those of the last Plantagenet king.

Now, experts want to examine the second discovery found nearby and said the stone coffin potentially contains the 14th century remains of a medieval knight called Sir William Moton.

He is believed to have been buried at Grey Friars Church in 1362 – more than a century before King Richard III.