British scientists confirmed on Monday that the well-conserved skeleton that was found beneath a parking lot in Leicester consists of the remains of King Richard III, who passed away in 1485. Experts at Leicester University managed to reconstruct the family tree of the king with the help of a descendant living in Canada, whose DNA was used to reach this conclusion, as reported by BBC. The archaeologist Richard Buckley announced on Monday at a press conference that these are without a doubt King Richard’s remains.
Studies confirm that the skeleton belongs to King Richard III
Killed in combat back in 1485, his remains were to be moved to Leicester Cathedral. Initially, the skeleton was a subject of “rigorous academic study” and carbon dated somewhere between the years 1455 and 1540. It was determined that the skeleton belonged to a man in his 30s. By the time he was killed, at the Battle of Bosworth which ended the War of Roses fought between the House of Lancaster and the House of York, Richard III was 32 years old. King Richard III was the last king of the House of York and also the last of the Plantagenet dynasty.
His skeleton shows signs of 10 wounds, of which 8 are in the skull. Two of the skull wounds are believed to be the fatal ones. In addition, the spine was bent, indicating scoliosis. Regarding the way the skeleton looked like at the moment of its discovery, it was placed in a 'feminine' position which led scientists to believe that he had both hands tied up at the time of his burial.
What happened before his burial
Richard III only reigned for 26 months, which makes his reign one of the shortest in British royal history. He was one of the last British monarchs to die in battle, bringing the end of England’s Middle Ages as well. When he died, Richard III was buried in the Greyfriars church in Leicester. Meanwhile, the church was demolished in the 16th century and the exact place of where the remains were buried remained unknown.
In August 2012, excavations unearthed the remains of some structures pertaining to the demolished church. Kind Richard’s bones were found right from the early stages of the digging process. #Science