A HISTORY expert is set to reveal how he found the most famous lost battlefield in England.
Huddersfield University’s Dr Glenn Foard led a team that uncovered the real location of the Battle of Bosworth.
The Leicestershire battle, part of the War of the Roses, took place in 1485.
Misplaced for more than 200 years, the true site was only discovered in 2009 following a massive survey by Dr Foard.
The lottery-funded work revealed the real site was two miles from where historians had previously thought it was.
Dr Foard said battlefield experts had only realised they were using the wrong site when they attempted to do more work during its anniversary year in 1985.
Dr Foard said: “A chap did a bit of work for the anniversary and he said ‘hang on a minute...’.
“He started the work and now we’ve finished it.
“We looked up the original account of the battle and did various individual studies.
“We had to do a large-scale metal detecting survey which covered about 5 sq km before we actually found it.”
The team of six did a gigantic archaeological survey and their discovery opened a new chapter for battlefield knowledge.
Uncovering the correct battlefield led to the recovery of more lead round shot than from all the other 15th and 16th century battlefields of Europe put together.
The volume of artifacts found has enabled Dr Foard and his team to learn new things about the armies of King Richard III, the last king to die in battle with his troops.
He added: “The evidence it’s provided about the origins of firepower and the use of artillery on battlefields is one of the key things that’s come out of it.
“We’ve just finished filming a Time Team programme explaining the firing of artillery at the time.
“And now I’m beginning a research programme on battlefields with the University of Huddersfield.”
The lecture explaining how he solved the mystery of the Battle of Bosworth and the origins of firepower is free and open to all.
It is on Wednesday January 19 at 6.30pm in Canalside West Lecture Theatre (CWS/10), Firth St, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH.
To confirm your attendance or for further details please contact: 01484 473138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Battle of Bosworth was fought on August 22, 1485
It was the penultimate battle of the War of the Roses
The battle was won by the House of Lancaster, who defeated the House of York
The York leader was Richard III, right, who died in battle
About 1,800 people were killed in the battle