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Excavations Continue at Grey Friars Monastery

Friday, July 19, 2013

LEICESTER, ENGLAND—The current excavation at the Grey Friars monastery, where the hastily-dug grave of Richard III was discovered last year, has yielded the remains of chickens, cows, and pigs, suggesting that the supposedly frugal friars ate meat and may have kept livestock. A piece of a copper pin may have been part of an ornamental piece of jewelry. Rubble at the site indicates that the building was made of sandstone and tile, had arched windows, and a roof made of slate. Further investigations of soil samples and charcoal could reveal what the friars grew in their gardens and what they cooked.