If you’ve been following our “odd twist on parking,” you know that archaeologists unearthed a skeleton in the choir of Greyfriars, a medieval church that had been buried under a parking lot in Leicester.
The skeleton unearthed is currently undergoing tests to determine if it belongs to Richard III, a king of England who died in battle in 1485 during the War of the Roses.
The skeleton is being put through a barrage of tests, including a computed tomography (CT) scan, which will allow them to reconstruct a three-dimensional image of the skeleton with flesh and skin overlaid. They eventually plan to reconstruct the man’s face, though this procedure can be somewhat unreliable.
Soil samples and dental plaque are undergoing analysis, and DNA testing will be attempted using extracted samples from the teeth and bones.
Simultaneously, researchers are radiocarbon dating the skeleton to confirm the time of death — within about 80 years, that is. Specialists in medieval weaponry are consulting on the man’s possible battle wounds.
“We are looking at many different lines of enquiry, the evidence from which all add up to give us more assurance about the identity of the individual,” Richard Buckley, the director of the University of Leicester Archaeological Services, said in a statement. “As well as the DNA testing, we have to take in all of the other pieces of evidence, which tell us about the person’s lifestyle — including his health and where he grew up.”