Make No Bones About It

“My research interests are stabbing and dismemberment.” That statement is guaranteed to grab one’s attention!

Prof. Sarah Hainsworth-page-0

Sarah Hainsworth, our speaker on Tuesday, April 21 at the talk “Richard III Rediscovered,” discusses her role on investigative team from the University of Leicester:

My work helps criminal prosecutions by identifying which implements or weapons were used create marks on a bone. I approached the Richard III skeleton in the same way as any other forensic case. I only realized how much national and international interest there was when I arrived at the university on the day of the discovery and found the parking lot full of media vans. Over the past year, it has been great to go and talk about the research in schools and to the larger public as well as participate in the final burial of a monarch. The level of interest from everyone has been really quite special. My two young daughters enjoyed being driven to the BBC so that I could talk to BBC News 24. Their understanding of what I do has changed: before Richard III they thought all I did was sit in boring meetings. I would never have envisaged working on stabbing, dismemberment and a 500-year-old king when I was studying materials engineering as a student, but it has been a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting year.

Computer Tomography Scan of Richard III-page-0

Prof. Hainsworth was part of a multi-disciplinary team that examined an archaeological artifact from many different perspectives. The world of archaeology today is not just confined to excavation but includes the skills of art historians, forensics specialists, historians, palynologists, engineers, architects, dendochronologists, paleontologists, and astronomers to name just a few. AIA-Houston is committed to ‘fleshing out’ the richness of the human story by presenting the skills of the many disciplines that illuminate the complexities of the past.

Who says bones can’t speak?

We have it on good authority that Richard III will crash the lecture on April 21! Rumors are rife of sightings of Richard around Houston. (Noted Houston Shakespearean authority, Kate Pogue, has certainly caught a glimpse. Lucky Kate!) How will he feel about the presentation of evidence at the Museum? Whether delighted or irate his reaction is sure to be dramatic. Perhaps the team at Leicester accomplished more than they planned!

After the talk, join us for a Renaissance-inspired reception in the Grand Hall. There will be music, dancing, and a bountiful buffet. Don’t forget to keep your eye out for Richard!


AIA is grateful to KPMG and Whole Foods for helping to bring Richard III to Houston