Skeleton Of English King Richard III Found Under Parking Lot

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.

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  • InfvoCuernos

    “pelvic wound through the buttock”-was he playing football?

  • Mr Grim

    “What? Build a carpark right in the middle of Leicester? Over my dead body!” – Richard III

  • Mr Grim

    “What? Build a carpark right in the middle of Leicester? Over my dead body!” – Richard III

    • nick

      brilliant

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

    I wonder if they’ll dig up the Queen’s skeleton from under a parking lot in 500 years.

    • Calypso_1

      It would be too much to hope that parking lots will themselves be a historical relic in that time frame….much less monarchy.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

        Granted. I was gonna think up some other alternative spot, but with 500 years, all bets are off.

  • BuzzCoastin

    “I bid them that did love their country’s good cry, God save Richard, England’s royal king!”
    Richard: “And did they so?”
    Buckingham: “No, so God help me, they spake not a word…”

    How little times have changes.

  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    A parking spot, a parking spot, my Kingdom for a parking spot!
    *I couldn’t resist.*

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