Richard III Leicester dig: Human remains had battle wounds consistent with the King’s death at the Battle of Bosworth
Should the “momentous discovery” be confirmed, it would also prove that the king was not a hunchback as chronicled by Tudor historians
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Wednesday 12 September 2012
The search for the remains of Richard III took a dramatic turn today as human remains found under a Leicester car park had battle wounds consistent with the monarch’s death at the Battle of Bosworth.
Should the “momentous discovery” be confirmed, it would also prove that the king was not a hunchback as chronicled by Tudor historians.
The archaeological team from the University of Leicester found two skeletons in the ruins of the Grey Friars site, one of which appears to be bear tell-tale hallmarks of the king.
The team pointed to several reasons for thinking the remains belonged to Richard III, primarily as historical sources point to the choir of the lost Church of the Grey Friars as his burial place. The team believe they have found the church under a car park and the bones were indeed located under the choir.
Richard Taylor, director of corporate affairs at the University, said: “This skeleton certainly has characteristics that warrant further detailed examination.” Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and buried in Leicester, although the exact location was lost.
The skull appears to have suffered a blow “consistent with an injury received in battle. A bladed implement appears to have cleaved part of the rear of the skull.” An arrowhead was also found between the skeleton’s vertebrae.
The skeleton did have spinal abnormalities, with a form of spinal curvature which “would have made his right shoulder appear visibly higher than the left”.
The team added: “This is consistent with contemporary accounts of Richard’s appearance,” adding: “The skeleton was not a hunchback and did not have a withered arm.”
Life & Style blogs
Melanoma rates in the UK are up five times on the 1970s
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
GTA 5 Online spring DLC updates bring heists, new super car, multiple apartments and 'non-contact' option for races
How dementia is changing me: My battle with an ever-shifting identity
It’s a pizza! And a cake!! What’s not to like? (The calories)
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
An open letter to Nigel Farage: you may smile, but I am not seduced
Abdullah Deghayes: My son was the martyr of a just cause, says father of British teenager killed in Syria conflict
- 1 Jose Mourinho: Graceless reaction of Chelsea manager a sad effort to hide his own flaws
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers
£130 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Ilford: Secondary Geography Teacher Lo...
£55 - £70 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: Are you a dynamic and energeti...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Group: SEN TAs, LSAs and Support Workers needed...
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: The Sheffield office of this...