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King of the NCP

Lately I have been enjoying the extensive press coverage of the discovery of a spindly Yorkist child-slayer stuck under a car park in the Midlands.

Mary Beard may well have a point in her thought-provoking blog that the scale of publicity (including, most amusingly, a live blog on the Guardian website) might not be relative to the actual historical value of the findings, but then she is a proper academic, and I am not. For my purposes, such human details as his twisted spine, his rich man’s diet of seafood, his light build and the gruesome manner of his demise represent pop archaeology at its finest.

Glancing through the comments underneath the BBC coverage, it appears some people are already getting enthusiastic about unearthing other royal skeletons.

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