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Posted on Monday 4th February

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester searching for the grave of King Richard III discovered an intriguing skeleton beneath one of the city's car parks back in August 2012.

Following the removal of the skeleton from the site, the bones have been analysed and carbon dated and found to give a convincing case to be named as the remains of the Yorkist king. Furthermore, DNA evidence was then studied and a DNA match was found between the skeleton and descendants of Richard III.

The skeletal evidence plus the DNA match confirms beyond reasonable doubt that these remains are those of Richard III, who was killed during the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 by Henry Tudor, later Henry VII. He was buried beneath Greyfriars church in Leicester, a building which was demolished in the sixteenth century. The location of Greyfriars church was traced by historians to the car park, and the bones were found early in the excavation.

The remains are now expected to be reburied in Leicester Cathedral.

Further Reading

Richard the III and the Bosworth Campaign

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Richard the III and the Bosworth Campaign

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by Peter Hammond

On 22 August 1485 the forces of the Yorkist king Richard III and his Lancastrian opponent Henry Tudor clashed at Bosworth Field in Leicestershire in one of the decisive battles of English history. Richard was defeated and killed. Henry took the crown as Henry VII, established the Tudor dynasty and set English history on a new course. For the last 500 years this, the most famous battle of the Wars of the Roses, has excited… Read more...

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