Skull excavated in Leicester car park could belong to Richard lll

Skull could belong to Richard lll

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

King Richard III

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Archaeologists involved in the hunt for the remains of Richard III have released the first image of a battle-scarred skull which could be that of the 15th century ruler.

A photograph of the skull was released by the University of Leicester ahead of today’s announcement about the identity of the skeleton found underneath Leicester's Greyfriars car park last September.

The skeleton was unearthed in what is believed to have been the choir of the Greyfriars church, the site of which was also uncovered during a three-week archaeological dig.

According to historical records, the church was the burial site of the monarch following his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

The University of Leicester released the image after months of skeletal analysis by Dr Jo Appleby, a lecturer in Human Bioarchaeology at its School of Archaeology and Ancient History, who led the exhumation of the remains.

Dr Appleby said: "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 Appleby said: “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.”

The university was due to announce the results of its scientific investigations in front of more than 140 journalists from across the world at 10am today.

A documentary chronicling the dig, which was also supported by the Richard III Society and Leicester City Council, will be aired on Channel 4 at 9pm tonight.

The documentary-makers were given exclusive access to the search team during the dig, and to scientific tests to determine the skeleton's identity.

• Richard III had said he wanted to be buried in York and there have been calls recently for the remains to be buried in York Minster if they are proven to be his.

• Updated: Remains confirmed as Richard III>>

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8:55am Mon 4 Feb 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

You can tell it's 'im from the nasty sneering grin. Should we leave the Princes' murderer where he fell in smelly Leicester or...

...re-inter the murdering, bullying b@stard in York Minster to bring in a few extra tourists. P'raps his sarcophagus could replace one of the pods on the Big Wheel to ride round and round advertising the Ghost Walks and York Dungeon..!

Hmm! Tough call.
You can tell it's 'im from the nasty sneering grin. Should we leave the Princes' murderer where he fell in smelly Leicester or... ...re-inter the murdering, bullying b@stard in York Minster to bring in a few extra tourists. P'raps his sarcophagus could replace one of the pods on the Big Wheel to ride round and round advertising the Ghost Walks and York Dungeon..! Hmm! Tough call. Garrowby Turnoff
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9:01am Mon 4 Feb 13

sheps lad says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
You can tell it's 'im from the nasty sneering grin. Should we leave the Princes' murderer where he fell in smelly Leicester or...

...re-inter the murdering, bullying b@stard in York Minster to bring in a few extra tourists. P'raps his sarcophagus could replace one of the pods on the Big Wheel to ride round and round advertising the Ghost Walks and York Dungeon..!

Hmm! Tough call.
Well! that should bring a few responses GT.
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: You can tell it's 'im from the nasty sneering grin. Should we leave the Princes' murderer where he fell in smelly Leicester or... ...re-inter the murdering, bullying b@stard in York Minster to bring in a few extra tourists. P'raps his sarcophagus could replace one of the pods on the Big Wheel to ride round and round advertising the Ghost Walks and York Dungeon..! Hmm! Tough call.[/p][/quote]Well! that should bring a few responses GT. sheps lad
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9:07am Mon 4 Feb 13

rogue84 says...

haha the shakespeare-invented villain still has plenty of people on that bandwagon i see!
haha the shakespeare-invented villain still has plenty of people on that bandwagon i see! rogue84
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9:34am Mon 4 Feb 13

capt spaulding says...

I am rather thinking (i could be wrong) that the results will be inconclusive.

However the Historic York connection is manna from heaven for our City.

Sadly James Alexander will have already got the banner ready to unfurl outside the minster, claiming full responsibility for the find,arranging an all expenses to Leicester, hijacking the occasion and wondering now if he should have Union Terrace car park dug up to see if there are other dignitries hidden away that he can claim as his work.

There again he may consider selling it.

Oh thats right ! he already did.
I am rather thinking (i could be wrong) that the results will be inconclusive. However the Historic York connection is manna from heaven for our City. Sadly James Alexander will have already got the banner ready to unfurl outside the minster, claiming full responsibility for the find,arranging an all expenses to Leicester, hijacking the occasion and wondering now if he should have Union Terrace car park dug up to see if there are other dignitries hidden away that he can claim as his work. There again he may consider selling it. Oh thats right ! he already did. capt spaulding
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10:35am Mon 4 Feb 13

peterstreet says...

capt spaulding wrote:
I am rather thinking (i could be wrong) that the results will be inconclusive.

However the Historic York connection is manna from heaven for our City.

Sadly James Alexander will have already got the banner ready to unfurl outside the minster, claiming full responsibility for the find,arranging an all expenses to Leicester, hijacking the occasion and wondering now if he should have Union Terrace car park dug up to see if there are other dignitries hidden away that he can claim as his work.

There again he may consider selling it.

Oh thats right ! he already did.
whining buffoon!
[quote][p][bold]capt spaulding[/bold] wrote: I am rather thinking (i could be wrong) that the results will be inconclusive. However the Historic York connection is manna from heaven for our City. Sadly James Alexander will have already got the banner ready to unfurl outside the minster, claiming full responsibility for the find,arranging an all expenses to Leicester, hijacking the occasion and wondering now if he should have Union Terrace car park dug up to see if there are other dignitries hidden away that he can claim as his work. There again he may consider selling it. Oh thats right ! he already did.[/p][/quote]whining buffoon! peterstreet
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10:53am Mon 4 Feb 13

P3TER1 says...

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-lei
cestershire-21063882 confirmed! I wonder how long before York Press update their report?
http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-lei cestershire-21063882 confirmed! I wonder how long before York Press update their report? P3TER1
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11:06am Mon 4 Feb 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

P3TER1 wrote:
http://www.bbc.co.uk

/news/uk-england-lei

cestershire-21063882 confirmed! I wonder how long before York Press update their report?
It appeared two minutes after yours!
[quote][p][bold]P3TER1[/bold] wrote: http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-lei cestershire-21063882 confirmed! I wonder how long before York Press update their report?[/p][/quote]It appeared two minutes after yours! Garrowby Turnoff
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12:54pm Mon 4 Feb 13

peterstreet says...

jim alexander wrote:
peterstreet wrote:
capt spaulding wrote:
I am rather thinking (i could be wrong) that the results will be inconclusive.

However the Historic York connection is manna from heaven for our City.

Sadly James Alexander will have already got the banner ready to unfurl outside the minster, claiming full responsibility for the find,arranging an all expenses to Leicester, hijacking the occasion and wondering now if he should have Union Terrace car park dug up to see if there are other dignitries hidden away that he can claim as his work.

There again he may consider selling it.

Oh thats right ! he already did.
whining buffoon!
You got more than two words in your vocab Councillor??
two words are enough for you lot!
[quote][p][bold]jim alexander[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peterstreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]capt spaulding[/bold] wrote: I am rather thinking (i could be wrong) that the results will be inconclusive. However the Historic York connection is manna from heaven for our City. Sadly James Alexander will have already got the banner ready to unfurl outside the minster, claiming full responsibility for the find,arranging an all expenses to Leicester, hijacking the occasion and wondering now if he should have Union Terrace car park dug up to see if there are other dignitries hidden away that he can claim as his work. There again he may consider selling it. Oh thats right ! he already did.[/p][/quote]whining buffoon![/p][/quote]You got more than two words in your vocab Councillor??[/p][/quote]two words are enough for you lot! peterstreet
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