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Posted on Wednesday 12th September

Archaeologists working at a dig under a council carpark in Leicester have uncovered human remains which it is believed may be those of King Richard III.

After his defeat by Henry VII during the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, Richard III was buried in the Franciscan Grey Friars, which was demolished in the 1530s. Documents describing the burial location have survived and prompted the dig, which began on 25 August.

The skeleton of an adult male was found in the choir of the church, believed to have been the burial place of King Richard III. The back of the skull appears to have been damaged by a blow from a bladed implement, has an arrowhead between vertebrae and has spinal abnormalities - all providing strong evidence that the remains belong to the king.

The University of Leicester will now test the bones for DNA extracted from the bones which will be tested against descendants of the English king's family. The testing process is expected to take around 12 weeks.

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