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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, February 8, 2013

Found: The Skeleton of Richard III

UnknownA skeleton was found under a car park in Leicester, and tests have confirmed that the skeleton is that of King Richard III.  Tests on his skill and body indicate that he was brutally hacked, presumably by victors on the battlefield, and ultimately suffered at least two fatal head wounds.  

DNA recovered from the remains played a large role in the academics' conclusion that this was Richard III's skull.  Radio-carbon dating and battlefield wounds on the skeleton also played a role in the "beyond reasonable doubt" determination. 

The remains, which were under the ground for over 500 years, will be interred in the city's cathedral.  

See Skeleton Found in Car Park is Richard III, IrishTimes.com, Feb. 4, 2013. 


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