Remains of medieval British monarch unearthed?

September 12th, 2012 - 11:15 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 12 (IANS) Archaeologists have unearthed a skeleton which they believe could be the remains of King Richard III, a medieval monarch, The Independent reported.

The skeleton was exhumed from a car park behind council offices in Leicester Tuesday by a team from the University of Leicester and is now being subjected to analysis.

It was found in what is believed to be the choir of the Grey Friars church, the site of which was also uncovered during the three-week archaeological dig and which is believed to be the burial site of the monarch, according to historical records.

Initial examinations have revealed it to be the skeleton of an adult male with the remains said to be in a good condition. It also has a curved spine, the Mail said.

Richard Taylor, from the University of Leicester, said at a press conference that the skeleton appears to have suffered significant trauma to the skull at or near the time of death.

“This appears consistent with, although not certainly caused by, an injury received in battle.

The skeleton was found with a barbed metal arrowhead between the vertebrae of the upper back, according to the newspaper.

Taylor added that the skeleton has spinal abnormalities, which are consistent with reports of the monarch’s appearance.

Richard III died in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

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