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Posted 2/4/2013 12:02 AM by Michele Koons | Comments

King Richard III Found After 500 Years

Today archaeologists confirmed that a skeleton found under a parking lot in Leicester, England last year is that of Richard III of Shakespeare fame.  Richard III was King of England from 1483 until his death in 1485 during the War of the Roses’ Battle of Bosworth Field.

The discovery of the bones was made last September when archaeologists used ground-penetrating radar to locate the site of the former priory where the king was presumed to be interred.  In September there was much speculation that these were the remains of Richard III.  Archaeologists confirmed that the skeleton was of a man in his late 20s to early 30s and had a diet characteristic of an elite lifestyle.  Furthermore, injuries to the bones, including a fatal blow to the head, were consistent to those mentioned in historical accounts of Richard III’s death.  The bones also indicated that the individual had curvature of the spine, known as scoliosis, which would have caused the hunchback appearance infamously characteristic of Shakespeare's portrayal of the king.  Radiocarbon dates from two rib bones yielded dates of 1455-1540, but confirmation “beyond reasonable doubt” that these remains belonged to Richard III came today when it was revealed that the results of DNA testing on modern-day descendants of Richard III matched the bones. 

The remains will be reburied in Leicester Cathedral.

"An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told". Richard III Quote (Act IV, Scene IV).

Read more about the findings here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/world/europe/richard-the-third-bones.html?_r=0

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2013/feb/04/richard-iii-skeleton-last-plantagenet-king-live

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-21063882

 

 

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