13 Sep 2012

Skeleton found at site of dig for King

10:14 am on 13 September 2012

Archaeologists in England searching for the body of King Richard III beneath a parking lot in Leicester say they have found remains which could be those of the monarch.

Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and his final resting place is unknown.

His bones were said to have ended up in a Franciscan friary, the site of which is now a car park in the centre of the city. The friary was demolished in the 1530s. Bosworth Field is around 25km away.

A team from the University of Leicester said a skeleton uncovered there had trauma to the skull and a barbed iron arrow head in the area of the spine.

Richard is recorded by some sources as having been pulled from his horse and killed with a blow to the head.

The skeleton also showed severe scoliosis - a curvature of the spine - which would have given the appearance of having one shoulder higher than the other.

The university will now test the bones for DNA against descendants of Richard's family.

Professor Lin Foxhall said:

''Archaeology almost never finds named individuals - this is absolutely extraordinary. Although we are far from certain yet, it is already astonishing.''