Bones of Richard III to be laid to rest in bags created by Leicester schoolchildren

Youngsters at King Richard III Infant School have created small woolen bags which will hold the bones of the last Plantagenet when he is laid to rest in March.

The pupils showed off the bags to lead archaeologist on the Grey Friars dig Dr Richard Buckley, who visited the school in Andrewes Street, off Hinckley Road, on Friday.

The bags will hold the king’s smaller bones, such as those which make up his hands, and will be laid in the coffin before it is sealed and buried at Leicester Cathedral, on Thursday, March 26.

Also at the school accompanying Dr Buckley was former pupil Jim Butler - who now works at the University of Leicester. Read more.

Mysterious Stone Carving May Contain Old Message

A weighty stone carved with a mysterious pattern that may be writing has been discovered in a garden in Leicester, England.

The hefty carving was up for sale as a garden ornament when archaeologist and TV presenter James Balme found it. The carving, which was very dirty, may have been plowed up many years ago, Balme said. Despite the carving’s poor shape, he thought it was no ordinary ornament; so he purchased it and carefully cleaned it.

When he was done conserving it, Balme saw a stone carving with an extremely complex pattern that is difficult to describe. It’s possible the “pattern carved may be some form of writing,” Balme told Live Science in an email. The carving’s use is unknown, though it could be “a keystone from an archway or indeed a vaulted ceiling,” Balme said. Read more.

Giant screens will show Richard III's cathedral re-interment in Leicester city centre

Giant television screens will be set up in Leicester city centre to allow thousands of people to watch the historic re-interment of Richard III next month.

The Plantagenet king’s remains will be laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral and services to mark the occasion will be screened publicly in Jubilee Square and at The Clocktower.

The re-interment service is an invitation-only event but large numbers of visitors, from across the country and the world, are expected in Leicester to mark the occasion.

They will be able to watch the proceedings on the screens on Thursday March 26. Read more.