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Scientists Create Digital Replica of Famed Medieval Inn

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

LEICESTER, ENGLAND—While waiting for DNA test results on the remains of a skeleton that may or may not be Richard III, archaeologists have created a digital replica of the medieval inn where the king slept the night before he was killed in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Architectural drawings of the famed Blue Boar Inn, which was demolished in 1836, were found in the archives of a local Leicester family. “When I was looking through this notebook, what was thrilling about it was that the drawings were so detailed. They showed how the building was put together—the timber framing, the joints, peg holes—all annotated with measurements in feet and inches,” said Richard Buckley of Leicester University.