Archaeology Magazine

A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America

Special Introductory Offer!

3-D Model of King Richard III’s Grave Released

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Richard III grave LEICESTER, ENGLAND—Team members from University of Leicester Archaeological Services have used photogrammetry software to create a rotatable model of the grave said to belong to King Richard III. The interactive model, available on the 3-D sharing platform Sketchfab, was made with photographs taken during the 2012 excavation of the grave. “Photographs and drawings of the grave, whilst dramatic, are only two-dimensional and do not always best show nuances in special relationships that a three-dimensional model can,” site supervisor Mathew Morris said in a press release. For example, the team says that viewers can see how Richard had been buried in a grave with sloping sides and an uneven base. The grave was also too short for him, so his body leaned to one side with his head propped up. They add that this fits with accounts of the burial, which record that Richard III had been buried without pomp or a solemn funeral. “These photos were not taken with photogrammetry in mind but the software is incredibly versatile and can be applied retrospectively to create this superb model,” Morris added. For more, go to "Richard III’s Last Act."

Advertisement

Advertisement


Advertisement