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University of Leicester confirms that the search for King Richard III has entered a "new phase"

Statue of King Richard III at Castle Gardens in Leicester Photo: Geoff Wheeler

The University of Leicester could be part of a "historic moment" as they discover significant findings in the search for King Richard III.

At a press conference today, Richard Taylor from the University said that the search had entered a "new phase" with the discovery of a male skeleton.

Memorial stone for King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral Credit: University of Leicester

The facts given at the conference show:

  • The male skeleton was in good condition
  • However it appeared to have signs of trauma consistent to battle injuries, in particular to the skull
  • The skeleton appears to have signs of scoliosis, which makes his right shoulder higher than his left - consistent to contemporary accounts of his appearance
  • It will now take 12 weeks to carry out extensive DNA tests

"We have all been witness to a powerful and history story unfolding before our eyes.

"This is potentially a historic moment for the University and the City of Leicester."

– Richard Taylor, the University of Leicester

King Richard III was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

He was brought to Leicester where he was buried at the church of the Franciscan Friary, known as the Greyfriars.

His actual whereabouts became lost over time.

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