Yesterday, February 4, the University of Leicester released on Channel 4 the first photograph of the human remains found under a parking lot in the center of the city of Leicester, buried under what was the church of the Gray Friars . Archaeologists have released the results of nine months of extensive testing and have determined that the bones belong to Richard III, the medieval monarch of England.
After the remains were found in September, preliminary analysis suggested that the man to whom they belonged had suffered traumatic head injuries, surely by injuries of some battle. It appears that someone had used some kind of knife with which they had cut a considerable part of the base of the skull, in addition to inflicting a clearly visible wound on the top of the head.
This second injury appears relatively insignificant from the outside, but internally the magnitude of the blow reveals that it left two layers of bone hanging. This wound was not caused by a knife: something had pierced a small hole in the skull. While the weapon that caused this second wound is unknown, a Welsh tradition tells that Richard III was knocked down by an ax blow from the mercenary Gardynyr Wyllyam. Both head injuries were fatal.
Since then, Dr. Jo Appleby, Professor of Human Bioarcheology at the University School of Archeology and Ancient History, who led the excavation of the remains, has conducted a much more detailed examination of the skull.
“The skull was in good condition, although it was very fragile, and we have been able to gather very detailed information about this person. We have scanned it in high resolution so that we can investigate the features in more detail”Appleby explained. "To determine if the skull really belongs to Richard III, we have constructed a biological profile of its characteristics, in addition to carefully examining the skeleton for traces of a violent death.”.
The remains were found at the site where Richard III was believed to have been buried after his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. In addition, evidence of scoliosis on his body along with trauma from a possible battle, along with DNA testing, determined that the skeleton was, in fact, King Richard III.
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