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.

9 Comments on "Skeleton Of English King Richard III Found Under Parking Lot"

  1. InfvoCuernos | Feb 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm |

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

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

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

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

    • Calypso_1 | Feb 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm |

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

  5. BuzzCoastin | Feb 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm |

    “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.

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

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