The Parking Lot

Not long ago I wrote a post about the fact that history is where you find it. I believe that important, dramatic, and meaningful historical events and people can be found anywhere. History is where you find it. Don’t look only in museums or on monuments, at historic sites or historical markers, history can be anywhere. It’s up to us to take the time to be curious, to unearth it.

An international news story from the weekend makes my point in a different way. Richard III, the English king from more than five centuries ago, was found buried under a parking lot north of London. That is, his skeleton was found. He was under the asphalt where, on any other day, drivers parked their vehicles between painted white lines. Long ago, instead of the parking lot, a church was there. That was the sight of the king’s burial.

A parking lot. History is where you find it.