King Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth, in August 1485. It marked the end of the English historical period known as The War of the Roses.
On the 527th anniversary of this date archaeologists uncovered a skeleton with battle wounds and a curved spine. The skeleton was exhumed and the process of formal identification began. Experts from the University of Leicester used DNA sampling to link the skeleton to Richard III’s descendants. Carbon dating of the bones dated them to 1455-1540. It coincides with Richard III’s death. Furthermore the bones were identified to be of a man between late 20s or early 30s and Richard III died aged 32.
After careful scientific examination, the University announced in February 2013 that the skeleton found was indeed Richard III.
The remains were discovered under a car park in Leicester.
King Richard III will be reburied in Leicester Cathedral in March 2015.
Leicester, January 1, 2015