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Skeleton Found Under UK Parking Lot is King Richard III's


The remains of King Richard III, who died in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth, have been identified. They were discovered under a car park in Leicester, UK.

The Guardian reports: RichardIII

Tests have established that a skeleton found under a car park in Leicester is that of Richard III, king of England from 1483-85. Richard Buckley, the lead archaeologist on the project at the University of Leicester, said that his team had proved “beyond reasonable doubt” that the bones were those of the last Plantagenet king.

DNA evidence from the skeleton matches with that from Michael Ibsen, a Canadian who is a direct descendent of Richard’s sister Anne of York. In addition, evidence of battle wounds on the skeleton, and features of the remains such as their curved spine, provide a “highly convincing case” for this being Richard, Leicester’s Dr Jo Appleby said.

His death was probably caused by one of two injuries to the base of the skull, both inflicted with a bladed weapon, Appleby said.

Richard’s body will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral, probably early next year. A temporary exhibition will open there on 8 February, followed by a permanent visitors’ centre telling the story of Richard’s life and death. A £10,000 donation for a new tomb for the monarch has already been received by the Richard III Society.

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  1. Am I the only one that thinks that is a great and historic story?
    Now is the winter of discontent the big story.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Feb 4, 2013 10:04:16 AM

  2. Under a car lot in Leicester? Too funny.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 4, 2013 10:30:11 AM

  3. This story raises so many questions in my mind. Like, how does a KING of England get buried somewhere other than a cathedral or other royal burial site in the first place.

    And why did they need to get a DNA sample from someone in Canada? Is he not directly related to the current royal family?

    I'm sure I could get the answers to all of these questions with some research but I'm not curious enough to expend that much energy when someone probably knows the answers.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 4, 2013 11:43:48 AM

  4. ...and how many other British kings are unaccounted for?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 4, 2013 11:46:11 AM

  5. I find this thrilling...

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Feb 4, 2013 12:03:02 PM

  6. Tampazeke

    no the current royals are mostly german thus the need to breed in Diana to the line since her family had more direct british royal genes than charle's mother = GERMANS!

    Elizabeth's grandfather changed the family name to its current form from the german last name they used to have

    Posted by: Moz's | Feb 4, 2013 12:08:52 PM

  7. PS here you go on the original last name

    Saxe-Coburg that E II's grandfather changed to Windsor because they r all F@cking germans

    Posted by: Moz's | Feb 4, 2013 12:14:40 PM

  8. This is extremely interesting. I want to know a lot more. Did he live his whole life with that spine? I'll bet he's as good an example as any that many millions of people today are living a better fed, better informed, more widely traveled, healthier, freer, happier life than many kings in many nations ever have. And that they will die more peaceably.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 4, 2013 12:20:11 PM

  9. @Tampazeke, since you are seriously lazy, he is not related to the current royal family. It's written right about "last Plantagenet King." He was the last of that dynasty. At the Battle of Bosworth (also mentioned above) where he died, he was killed by Henry Tudor. Henry Tudor then became King. Then the Tudor line died since Elizabeth had not kids and the House of Stuart took over (which united Scotland with Great Britain under Anne.) Then the House of Hanover took over from Germany (current royalty) since Anne had no non-Catholic relatives. So the current line is 3 Dynasties later.

    As for why the King never made it back: he was killed in battle or battle wounds and the new King took over. There's no reason why Henry Tudor would take his enemy back to a place for an honor burial.

    Posted by: unruly | Feb 4, 2013 12:25:39 PM

  10. The current British royals are still descended from kings of old before the French invaded in 1066, but that's mostly due to the fact that a huge swath of Europe is also descended from these families. Diana was a descendant of the sister of Charles II, bringing her kids back into direct british succession for the first time in 300 years. However, even that's a bit shaky because that's through the Stewarts, who were Scots. The last English ruler was QE I, unless you count Cromwell.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 4, 2013 12:28:58 PM

  11. "@Tampazeke, since you are seriously lazy,"

    Yeah, and on researching this topic, Zeke, me and about 101% of world's population.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 4, 2013 12:37:11 PM

  12. Sigh. Is there any thread where the as&hat misfits and problem children can't argue with each other? Apparently not.

    Posted by: beef and fur | Feb 4, 2013 1:00:24 PM

  13. @ Anon: I don't think anyone counts Cromwell.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Feb 4, 2013 1:23:03 PM

  14. Sounds like a mob hit. If they keep searching they might find Jimmy Hoffa.

    Posted by: Craig | Feb 4, 2013 3:00:52 PM

  15. My kingdom for a Porsche!!

    Posted by: JSH | Feb 4, 2013 4:32:21 PM

  16. @ TampaZeke...he was buried on the grounds of a Church. It was just destroyed many years ago and stuff was built over the graves. See Greyfriars, Leicester

    Posted by: vinnyCinSC | Feb 4, 2013 6:35:18 PM

  17. I'm surprised. You would think that the current queen would be at the forefront to make sure her predecessors are all properly buried with all due pomp and whatever. She should contribute enough money to insure he has a tomb fit for a king.

    She's occupying the same throne that he once had, afterall.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 4, 2013 9:19:17 PM

  18. "She should contribute"? The Queen gets her money from the people of the UK. She lives off the dole.

    Posted by: unruly | Feb 5, 2013 4:51:46 AM

  19. "Now is the winter of discontent the big story."

    This drives me crazy! "Winter of our discontent" does NOT mean that we are in a season or period of discontent, it means we are coming out of a period of discontent. The full line is: "Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this son of York." "Winter" means "death" of our discontent, the end of it. In other words, it's a good thing, not a bad thing. GRRRRRRRRR!

    Posted by: AtlantaGuy | Feb 5, 2013 5:34:21 AM

  20. FYIForward to Karen.....also

    Posted by: Beth | Feb 5, 2013 5:11:01 PM

  21. Great story. It would be great if someone from the present royal family were a part of it. The tudors definitely came to the throne in a backdoor manner, as did the stuarts.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Feb 5, 2013 10:37:17 PM

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