Last September I posted an article about the archaeological work preformed by my old alma mater, the University of Leicester. They were searching for a lost church, where they hoped to find the lost bones of the last Plantagenet king. Historical records tell us that the Greyfriers buried Richard III under the choir of their church after he was slain at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. The work at the parking lot did uncover the remains of the Greyfriers' Church and a skeleton right where research suggested it should be.
|Richard III skeleton has it was found under the choir of the Greyfrier's Church in Leicester, England. |
Photo: Un of Leicester
The University of Leicester announced today, with certainty, that Richard III has been found. Mitochondria DNA taken from the skeleton match samples taken from distant, living relatives. Carbon 14 dating places the bones at the right age and ten gristly battle wounds match those suggested from written historical accounts. The spine of the skeleton also showed clear signs of scoliosis, a debilitating physical condition that Richard was known the have.
The University of Leicester has an excellent web site devoted to this project. Laboratory analysis, photos and videos provide amazing information about Richard's remains. http://www.le.ac.uk/richardiii/