Monday, 4 February 2013

Desecrated remains of King Richard III discovered under parking garage

Last August, an archaeological dig in Leicester, England uncovered skeletal remains beneath a parking garage. Mitochondrial DNA taken from the remains were matched with Canadian cabinetmaker, Michael Ibsen, who turned out to be a direct descendent of Anne of York, King Richard III’s sister, thus confirming that the remains are of none other than King Richard III himself. If the DNA tests weren’t enough, researchers note that the battle wounds found on the remains, as well as evidence of scoliosis, support the identification of King Richard III. Radiocarbon dating was also used to suss out the age of the remains, and found that they were from 1455 to 1540, and belonged to a man in his 20s or 30s — Richard died at the age of 32 in 1485. Historical remains of royalty discovered under a parking lot.
The parking lot was built on top of the Greyfriars friary, which was built in Leicester around 1255 and survived until the late 1530s when it was demolished when Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries. This is where King Richard III was buried.

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