Richard III: Uncovering the last Plantagenet King
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Lecture by Dr. Turi King (Jesus): Chief Geneticist on the Leicester Archaeological Dig

On Friday 2 May, please join the Cambridge Society of Washington DC and the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies in welcoming the University of Leicester geneticist, Dr. Turi King (Jesus College, Cambridge), as she presents her part in the rare discovery of the skeleton of Richard III. For centuries, archaeologists searched for his remains. It was only in September 2012 that King Richard III’s body was found in the most unlikeliest of places – a car park in Leicester, UK. From the Greyfriars Project, geneticist Turi King will give a lecture on the archaeological dig and verification of the Richard III’s remains. Please join us for a reception (starting at 6PM) and a lecture (starting at 7PM) as Dr. King tells the fascinating story of one of the greatest archaeological finds of the century!


Registration/Tickets.  The lecture will be proceeded by a wine reception in the atrium with an open bar that will last for one hour. This event will require registration, which is available at the link below. Note ticket prices may rise as we get closer to the date of the event and purchases are non-refundable. This event is open to Cantab DC alumni, the Georgetown University community and the general public. See who is coming on Facebook.   

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Venue/Directions: The event will be held in the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies located at 640 Massachusetts Ave, NW just north of the Chinatown Metro Stop on the Red, Yellow, and Green lines. Registered guests can proceed to the main lobby for check in and a pre-lecture cocktail reception. We will require that you register at least a day in advance in order to clear security. Please remember to travel responsibly when leaving the event. We urge you to take public transportation and/or use a taxi. If you register for the Uber Black Car/Taxi Service using the following code (69n6p) you will receive a $20 credit that will be applied to your account. Travel responsibly!


The Discovery of Richard III

In August 2012, the University of Leicester in collaboration with the Richard III Society and Leicester City Council, began one of the most ambitious archaeological projects ever attempted: no less than a search for the lost grave of King Richard III. The last English king to die in battle. Incredibly, the excavation uncovered not only the friary of Grey Friars but also a battle-scarred skeleton with spinal curvature. On 4th February 2013, the University announced to the world's press that these were the remains of King Richard III. Read about the background to the search, the discovery and identification of the remains - and the implications for our understanding of history at the University of Leicester website (


Bio: Dr. Turi King 

Turi studied Biological Anthropology at Cambridge before moving into the field of molecular genetics, gaining a distinction in her MSc at the University of Leicester. Returning to Cambridge to take up a PhD, she gave it up when she found she was pregnant with her first child. Working part-time in genetics in Cambridge, Turi jumped at the chance to return to Leicester on a Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship and was awarded her PhD in November 2007. Her thesis was entitled ‘The relationship between British surnames and Y- chromosomal haplotypes’. Turi is now Lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology in the University of Leicester’s Department of Genetic, and manages the Leverhulme-funded project The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain, which developed out of the earlier Roots of the British project. She is passionate about communicating science to the public and has appeared in, or advised on, numerous radio and TV programmes.


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Event Information
Friday, May 2 2014 at 6:00pm [ iCal ]
Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001 USA