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A team from the Archaeological Services of the University of Leicester (ULAS) in England, has discovered during the second excavation carried out in Gray Friars, a phenomenon called ecological disturbance which consists in that during a time (punctual, not usual) the structure of ecosystems is altered.
This disturbance has occurred in Gray friars, the place where last year the remains of the famous English king were found, Ricardo, which have been very close to being completely destroyed.
This news has happened a year after the team of archaeologists found the bones of the English monarch in Gray Friars on August 25 of last year.
During the second excavation in the archaeological area that took place last month, archaeologists found a large area belonging to the church that had been completely destroyed.
The affected area in question has an extension between 5 and 10 meters and it is located only a few centimeters from the skull of the English monarch of the Middle Ages. They are the remains of the last king of the Plantagenet House, reigning between 1154 and 1399, which means that the monarch's skeleton has been a few centimeters from the absolute destruction caused by ecological disturbance.
The Director of the archaeological site, Mathew Morris said: “It is a miracle that Richard III's skeleton was where it was. Further east there was a huge disturbance that has removed all evidence from the church, which must have come within inches of his head”.
“We found some rotten remains in the determined area, but until we examined the area in this second excavation, we had no idea that the ecological disturbance phenomenon had taken place.”He added.
The archaeological team came across the remains of the monarch on the first dayBut they did not exhume the skeleton until they were able to determine where the bones were buried within the convent. The archaeologists worked with a team of experts to determine the identity of the skeleton. The results turned out to be the bones of the British monarch and the announcement was released internationally in February of this year.
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