It has attracted global attention with its blend of detective work and dark historical deeds but where does the discovery of Richard III’s grave rate among England’s greatest archaeological finds?
From one perspective, the Greyfriars skeleton is a collection of old bones - surely treasure should be more eye-catching?
But the remains have attracted the sort of attention which puts wallet-busting finds like the Staffordshire Hoard and Crosby Garrett in the shade. Why?
The impact is undeniable, from queues to see a rapidly organised exhibition in Leicester to nearly 20,000 signing an e-petition to get the bones buried in York.
Mike Heyworth, director of the Council for British Archaeology, said: “In the public consciousness it is almost always the finds that are the most financially valuable which make the impression.
“You hear about a metal detectorist who has been paid £3m or so for reporting finding something gold and glittery, but what does that tell us about the human story?