Unearthing Richard III

A team of archaeologists and other scientists exhumed bones from underneath a Leicester parking lot last fall and have been conducting tests on them over the past several months. Now, they report that the bones are probably those of King Richard III of England, who was killed at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

The skeleton of Richard III is seen in a trench at the Grey Friars excavation site in Leicester

The death of Richard III at Bosworth Field allowed the Tudors to take control of the English throne and effectively brought the Wars of the Roses to the end.

The Guardian reports on the scientists’ methods, which included DNA testing and forensic analysis. The Washington Post reports on the findings.


This sort of history-as-CSI project has become increasingly popular recently.


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