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.”