Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Stop Digging: Letters

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Stop Digging: Letters

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I am grateful to Times Higher Education for raising the issues I have with the University of Leicester ("Historian gets the hump over Richard III remains", News, 1 August). However, I was surprised by the institution's published response.

Its statement publicly acknowledges for the first time my key role in the discovery of Richard III's remains, so its claim that it has always fully recognised my work is intriguing. I imagine editors of national papers and other media who had not previously heard of me or mentioned me in their reporting of the discovery of the remains are now scratching their heads and wondering how they missed out.

As for my appearance in the Channel 4 documentary Richard III: The King in the Car Park: my involvement with Darlow Smithson Productions' plans for the programme predated Leicester's involvement in the search for the last Plantagenet.

The allegation that the Richard III Society was behind my exclusion from the announcement of the DNA findings confirming the nature of the remains is also mystifying. …

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