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Is This King Richard III's Skull?

4 February, 2013

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MessageToEagle.com - The world's first photograph of the human remains found at the Grey Friars church - which could be that of King Richard III - has been unveiled by the British archaeologists.

The image released by the University of Leicester, displays the shape of the Grey Friars skeleton's skull, with most of its teeth still intact.

The remains were found at the place where Richard III is believed to have been buried after his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.


King Richard III. Henry Tudor’s Lancastrian troops defeated Richard’s Yorkist army at the Battle of Bosworth Field on August 22, 1485


The skeleton showed evidence of what was believed to be scoliosis and battle trauma - signs that suggest it may be the remains of the medieval monarch.

"The skull was in good condition, although fragile, and was able to give us detailed information about this individual. It has been CT scanned at high resolution in order to allow us to investigate interesting features in as much detail as possible," Dr Jo Appleby, who led the exhumation, said.


The skull of the skeleton found at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester, potentially that of King Richard III. Credit: University of Leicester


"In order to determine whether this individual is Richard III we have built up a biological profile of its characteristics. We have also carefully examined the skeleton for traces of a violent death."

Archaeologists have worked hard to identify the Greyfriars remains and reconstruct the 500-year-old skeleton's face.

In order to give people a possible glimpse of King Richard III, scientists at the University of Leicester, used techniques similar to those which recreated Tutankhamen's face more than 3,000 years after the young Pharaoh died.

The image is released in advance of the University of Leicester's major announcement detailing the results of its investigations into the skeleton's identity on Monday, February 4 at 10am.


Medieval remains uncovered on the site. Credits: University of Leicester


The University has investigated the skull for signs of damage to the back of the head - potentially caused by battle injuries.

King Richard III is thought to have been buried at the Franciscan friary of Grey Friars in Leicester, but the church was demolished in the 1530s and its location had been lost until now.

The University will announce the results of its rigorous scientific investigations in front of over 140 journalists from across the globe converging on the University of Leicester Council Chamber.

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