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Search for King Richard III’s remains uncovered 17th-century garden

A 17th-century garden, said to hold a memorial to King Richard III, has been found during a search for the remains of the medieval monarch.

University of Leicester archaeologists announced today (Sept. 7) that they have found paving stones that may belong to the garden of Robert Herrick, a mayor of Leicester who built a mansion and garden over the church where Richard III was buried. In 1612, a man named Christopher Wren visited Herrick and reported that the garden contained a 3-foot (1-meter) tall stone pillar inscribed, “Here lies the body of Richard III sometime King of England.”

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Story: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience | Photo: University of Leicester

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