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Richard III Dig Site May Also Hold Beheaded Friars
2013-07-10 07:16:36

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As work continues at the Grey Friars church dig site where University of Leicester archaeologists earlier discovered the remains of King Richard III, excavators are hoping to uncover a more gruesome burial. A group of friars who were beheaded for treason by King Henry IV in 1402 may have been buried at the church site, some 80 years before Richard III was hastily buried with neither coffin nor shroud. While researchers were...

Leicester Interns Unearth Medieval Artifacts At Richard III Dig Site
2013-07-09 06:19:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just a few days into a month-long excavation of Grey Friars church in Leicester, where University of Leicester researchers uncovered the grave of King Richard III last September, university interns have already found some interesting artifacts. Year 12 intern Emma Link and archaeology undergraduate Claire Calver have just begun work at the dig site and have already unearthed some medieval remains. As part of their work at the...

Archaeologists Begin New Dig At Richard III Burial Site
2013-07-02 06:29:08

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Nearly five months since remains found in a car park in Leicester, England were proven to be those of Richard III, a new study is being undertaken by researchers at University of Leicester to shed new light on the final resting place of the fallen king. Experts plan to spend the next several weeks carefully digging up the burial spot at the site of the once erect Grey Friars church in hopes of revealing much more about the...

King Richard III Hastily Buried In Grave Without Shroud Or Coffin
2013-05-24 10:46:11

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new review on the University of Leicester´s discovery of Richard III´s remains underneath a car park in Leicester has found that the slain King of England was buried in a “hastily dug grave.” The review reveals for the first time specific details of the grave where King Richard III was buried after an excavation team unearthed the site last year. The peer-reviewed paper is published in the journal Antiquity....

King Richard III Was Not A Psychopath, As Portrayed By Shakespeare
2013-03-04 12:52:54

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Richard III, who ruled England from 1483 until his death in 1485, when he died in the Battle of Bosworth Field, has been featured in popular culture for centuries. He was first and foremost portrayed in Shakespeare´s 1592 play Richard III as a villainous psychopath who would stop at nothing to claw his way to power. But according to new research from the University of Leicester, psychologists are painting an entirely...

DNA Proves Remains Belong To King Richard III
2013-02-04 04:35:04

[ Watch the Video: The Search For King Richard III ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online DNA testing has proven “beyond reasonable doubt” that human remains discovered beneath a parking lot in the East Midlands region of England are those of King Richard III, UK scientists announced on Monday. The skeleton, which was discovered last September in the foundations of an old church in Leicester, matched the DNA of descendants of the 15th century...


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English Leicester
2014-09-26 10:19:08

The English Leicester, known by many other names including the Leicester, the improved Leicester, and the Leicester longwool, is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in England during the eighteenth century by Robert Bakewell. It was one of the first purebred sheep breeds to be introduced into Australia and is one of a few remaining pure sheep breeds. Today, it can be found in many areas including the United States, New Zealand, and Great Britain. The English Leicester holds strong...

Coopworth Sheep
2014-09-24 07:34:54

The Coopworth sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in New Zealand during the twentieth century. A group of researchers working at Lincoln University began studying the Border Leicester crossbreed, and later the Romney -Border Leicester crossbreed, in hopes of developing ewes that would have a higher reproduction rate. Early results showed some promise, with an increase in lambing of up to thirty percent, which caused the researchers to question whether Border Leicester...

Border Leicester
2014-09-22 09:07:27

The border Leicester is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in England in 1767. The breed was named after the area in which it was developed and from the foundation stock of Dishley Leicester that was used in its development. It became a common breed in the United Kingdom by the nineteenth century and it has been exported to other countries including the United State, Canada, India, South Africa, Japan, Russia, and Australia. The border Leicester varies in weight depending upon the...

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Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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