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Toilet block saved King Richard's bones
THE archaeological discovery of the decade almost never happened, it has been revealed.
The bones of Richard III, who had links to North Yorkshire, came within inches of destruction before they were uncovered beneath a car-park in Leicester almost exactly a year ago.
And they may have been saved just because a toilet was built on the site back in Victorian times.
As part of a follow-up dig experts from the city’s university found a massive disturbance at the site of the old Grey Friars church where the medieval monarch’s remains were discovered.
During their second excavation the archaeologists found a large area of the church which had been completely destroyed.
The area – measuring over 5 metres by 10 metres – was just inches away from the king’s skull, meaning the remains of the last Plantagenet came very close to being lost for good.
Site director Mathew Morris said: “It’s a miracle that Richard III’s skeleton was where it was. To the east, there is a massive disturbance that has removed all evidence of the church – which must have come within inches of his head. “We don’t know what caused it yet. Whatever it was, it came very close to removing Richard’s head.”
He added: “It’s entirely possible that because he was underneath the Victorian outhouses, he was protected from it.”
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