Richard III Discovered Not Alive or Well Beneath a Leicester Car Park

By Gary Cutlack on at

Archaeologists think they've found the long-lost bones of Richard III, the last English king to die in battle. A skeleton with war wounds has been pulled out of excavations in Leicester, right where history said the king should be buried.

Archaeologists used a map from the early 1700s to identify the likely resting place of the King, who was recorded to have been buried in the friary of Greyfriars. The remains, found beneath a modern car park, appear to show a man who suffered a blow to the head and has the remains of a barbed arrow in his spine, so it certainly seems to be in keeping with what you'd expect of a person supposedly killed in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

Professor Lin Foxhall, from Leicester University's School of Archaeology, said: "Archaeology almost never finds named individuals - this is absolutely extraordinary. Although we are far from certain yet, it is already astonishing."

Perhaps this means they can now clone him? Surely we'd all pay good money to see a cloned king in a zoo? [BBC]