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Henry Loyn Memorial Lecture 2014

Speaker: Dr Turi King

Series: Henry Loyn Memorial

Starts: 11 February 2014

Richard III skeleton

Richard III skeleton

The Grey Friars Project: Finding Richard III

The 2014 Henry Loyn Memorial Lecture will be held on Tuesday 11 February 2014 in Lecture Theatre 0.22 of the Law Building, Park Road, Cardiff, starting at 5.45 p.m. This year’s speaker is Dr Turi King, Lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology in the Department of Genetics and School of Historical Studies of the University of Leicester.

The search for, discovery and identification of the remains of King Richard III, killed in battle with Henry Tudor at Bosworth on 22 August 1485, is one of the most startling and thought-provoking events in the history of British archaeology. The continuing tug-of-war over Richard’s body is a stark reminder of the ethical and emotional issues that the archaeology of human skeletal remains  involves. At the same time, the excavations and analyses starting in 2011 have shown the value both of integrated archaeological and historical approaches to events even on the threshold of the modern historical age, and of the power and fascination of archaeogenetics, as the retrieval and interpretation of ‘ancient’ DNA becomes a reality.

Dr Turi King

Dr Turi King

Turi King describes herself as “just one person in the whole Richard III team, which has been drawn from the fields of archaeology, history, genealogy, osteology, genetics, engineering and more.  It really has been a tremendous privilege to be part of such a great interdisciplinary project.”  

This year’s Henry Loyn Lecture will provide its Cardiff audience with the opportunity to hear and to reflect upon the latest news and the experiences of a scientist and scholar at the very heart of this ground-breaking project. Particular significance resides in the local concern with the profound changes brought about by the 15th-century Wars of the Roses and establishment of the Tudor dynasty, while the Cardiff Department of Archaeology’s own pioneering involvement in aDNA research on Early Anglo-Saxon skeletons reflects the burgeoning potential of this scientific field.

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Lecture Theatre 0.22 of the Law Building

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