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King Richard III skeleton find confirmed

Posted on Monday, 4 February, 2013 | Comment icon 68 comments

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The final resting place of the former English King has been rediscovered after more than 528 years.

Archaeologists had recently pinpointed the location of Richard's lost grave to an area in Leicester now used as a car park, but in order to know for sure it was necessary to dig the place up and see if anything could be found underneath. Sure enough, last September skeletal remains were uncovered at the site and removed so that they could be tested. The results of research aimed at identifying the skeleton had been kept under wraps until now.

King Richard III is believed to have died in the battle of Bosworth Field which took place in 1485, the skeletal remains were found to exhibit damage to the skull and ribs consistent with the injuries he was thought to have sustained in the battle. The place at which he was found was once the site of a medieval church which fell in to disrepair and was eventually forgotten over the centuries.

"A skeleton found under a council car in Leicester has been confirmed “beyond reasonable doubt” as that of King Richard III who died in the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485."

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Comment icon #59 Posted by monk 56 on 12 February, 2013, 9:14
Only Humour! Hi Archimedes, Were you demonstrating the Archimedes Screw on King Cobra? Ha Ha!
Comment icon #60 Posted by Santy on 13 February, 2013, 12:52
Richard 3rd alternative cause of death. It is sufficient to assume Richard died in battle,by the standards of the time,but it is fair to speculate by observing the nature of the skeletal damage. Something can also be assumed about the nature of the soldiers,weapons,circumstances and so on. Given the purge, which followed the battle it may be that none of the so called witnesses actually saw anything, especially famous writers, poets and others with axes to grind and heads to hang onto. It is prudent to respect opinions of scientific experts in subjects of their expertise but in too many instan... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by Taun on 13 February, 2013, 17:01
Well written and logical Sanity... Welcome to UM by the way...
Comment icon #62 Posted by ealdwita on 13 February, 2013, 17:57
Hmm, nicely presented. Welcome. I look forward to interacting with you here in the future.
Comment icon #63 Posted by Santy on 14 February, 2013, 0:25
Hello, thanks
Comment icon #64 Posted by monk 56 on 14 February, 2013, 11:45
I love your analysis Santy, Being a new member be careful of attack, it does happen with older members of this forum who think they know better.
Comment icon #65 Posted by monk 56 on 14 February, 2013, 12:18
The rule is be very careful about information you put to the test, if you do it right, don't expect much activity on forum, silence is everything, don't look for others to correspond a activity means there is little that other members want to add......that is everything, silence is everything in debate, value it!!!! Don't be a wimp. but be clever, the best game you will ever see is silence, don't expect it forever, but if your threads show sanity i will be on your side, i wish you the best, being a new member of Unexplained Forums!
Comment icon #66 Posted by Santy on 14 February, 2013, 13:22
Thanks Monk, I get you. Human nature I suppose. I am not so clever, but I went to school. I thought it might be a point of interest in here, and it is good to find an outlet, isn't it? Incidentally, I do not have a hang up about this topic, but do like little known aspects of history, missed by the mainstream without having to dig around, You know. Regards
Comment icon #67 Posted by monk 56 on 14 February, 2013, 21:51
Hi santy, As you get to know your way around this very interesting forum, you will find i'm a very controversial figure with a mystical flavour, however i love history as you do, silence is golden with threads, i may be a friend in history for a while, i never expect you ever to help me, i don't work like that, i'm big and ugly enough to look after myself, but you have my support if i feel you are right for your first 100 thread sections, you should know your way around after that, and won't need a baby sitter. Please note i don't value you as baby, i also have a love of history, and value you... [More]
Comment icon #68 Posted by Swede on 24 May, 2013, 18:19
The first formal report of the Richard III excavation and analysis has been released: .

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