King for a mere two years, turned into a hunchbacked Shakespeare villain after his gruesome death, Richard III has popped up in unbelievable fashion. The BBC reports:
A skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park has been confirmed as English king Richard III. Experts from the University of Leicester said DNA from the bones matched that of descendants of the monarch’s family. Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley told a press conference: “Beyond reasonable doubt it’s Richard.”
Richard, killed in battle in 1485, will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. Mr. Buckley said the bones had been subjected to “rigorous academic study” and had been carbon dated to a period from 1455-1540.
His skeleton had suffered 10 injuries, including eight to the skull, at around the time of death. Two of the skull wounds were potentially fatal. The wounds included stabs to the face and “humiliation” injuries, including a pelvic wound through the buttock.