One year after bones found underneath a Leicester car park were confirmed to be those of Richard III, the row over where he should be reburied continues. The king is due to be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral, but a group of Richard III’s distant relatives, the Plantagenet Alliance Limited, are campaigning to see the former king reburied in York. The alliance took their fight to the High Court in November, but the hearing was adjourned. It is not expected to take place until later this year.
Hitler’s invasion guide to wartime Britain
A top secret Nazi Guide to the United Kingdom, dating from 1940, was sold at auction this week. The Daily Telegraph reported that the guide, intended only for the most senior Nazi officers, includes information about key landmarks for an aerial bombing blitz, as well as advice about which schools officers should send their children to. The item is reported to have sold for £351.
Anne Frank’s marbles go on display
Childhood belongings of Anne Frank have been put on display in Rotterdam. The items, which include a tin box containing marbles and a doll’s tea service, have turned up almost 70 years after her death. Shortly before she and her family went into hiding, Anne gave the toys to a friend for safekeeping.
Charlemagne’s bones ‘found’
German scientists believe there is a “great likelihood” that bones taken from the supposed resting place of Charlemagne are indeed the remains of the first ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. The research team secretly opened the sarcophagus, believed to contain Charlemagne’s remains, in 1988, and have been studying them ever since. One of the scientists, Dr Frank Rühli, told the English-language German news site The Local that “thanks to the results from 1988 up until today, we can say with great likelihood that we are dealing with the skeleton of Charlemagne.”
Step Pyramid Uncovered in Egypt
Archaeologists working near the ancient settlement of Edfu, in southern Egypt, have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years, predating the Great Pyramid of Giza by at least a few decades. The step pyramid, which once stood as high as 13 meters, is one of seven so-called “provincial” pyramids built by either the pharaoh or Snefru. Over time, the step pyramid’s stone blocks were pillaged, and the monument was exposed to weathering, so it today stands at about five metres.