Skeleton found under parking lot confirmed as King Richard III

It’s official. Scientists at the University of Leicester unanimously confirmed that the skeleton found buried under a city parking lot is indeed England’s King Richard III. This solves the 500 year old question about what happened to the remains of this last Plantagenet king who died in 1485.

DNA from the skeleton matches two of Richard III’s maternal line relatives. Additionally, a wealth of evidence, including radiocarbon dating, bone analysis and archaeological results support these conclusions.

Trauma to the skeleton indicates the cause of death to be one of two significant wounds to the back of the skull. The skeleton also showed a number of non-fatal injuries to the head, rib and pelvis which may have been caused by ‘humiliation injuries’ after death.

The remains will be reburied in Leicester Cathedral.


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