(02-04-2013 11:57 AM)pappy Wrote: I'm just guessing here but I think that the sections of the stick are each 1 meter. Does anyone know for sure?
Nah, those red and white sections are nowhere near 1m. I don't think this is a measuring stick at all, just a common marker pole that has been placed next to the skeleton for comparison.
The osteologist says the skeleton was around 5'8" in height; appearing shorter because of the scoliosis.
Yesterday I downloaded and watched the accompanying doco: The King in the Car Park, a 90 minute account of the discovery. I've decided that the Richard III society are slightly bizarre and Phillipa Langley, the member who did much of the groundwork and pushing for this project, reminded me of the women who marry death row prisoners.
The Richard III Society (Ricardians) exists to rehabilitate the memory of the king. They insist he was not a hunch-backed grotesque who murdered his two nephews for glory.
Poor Langley's face crumpled when the scoliosis was revealed. Oh, well maybe modern archeology and science can locate the Princes bodies and CSI like, provide an exact time and method of death.
She also spoke of the 'cold chills' and 'just knowing' where the body was buried. When the box containing the bones was delivered to a lab, she begged the archaeologists to wrap it in Richard's standard. A bit over the top, I thought.
In the general scheme, Richard III was a minor monarch and this discovery is certainly not going to change the course of history.
Most towns in Britain have a history of several previous ages of habitation. During this excavation of Grey Friars, Victorian rubble was found, a medieval layer and even artifacts dating to the Roman occupation. In all probability there would have been anglo-saxon occuptation but most of their buildings were of wood, leaving little trace. Credits to the archaeologists, historians and archivists at Leicester University; they obviously did their homework and were able to pinpoint the footprint of the now-gone Grey Friars church.
Phillipa Langley's 'knowing chills' had very little to do with pinpointing the correct place to dig trenches.
I'd still like to see rigorous peer review of this discovery; especially of the mitrochondrial DNA tests.