Archaeologists searching for the remains of King Richard III have commented on the second skeleton found at the Church of Grey Friars in Leicester.
Richard Buckley, lead archaeologist of the Grey Friars project and co-director of the University of Leicester Archaeological Services, said that at some point in the past, the bones had been disturbed and subsequently reburied. He said the skeleton may have been dug up by a gardener when the site was the garden of a mansion house in the 17th century. The remains were then reburied at a higher level than the church floor.
Philippa Langley who did extensive research ahead of the dig established seven potential named burials in addition to King Richard’s in the church of the Grey Friars. Only one of these was female- Ellen Luenor, wife of Gilbert Luenor, a possible founder and benefactor of the Grey Friars.
The university is currently analysing another skeleton - the only set of articulated remains exhumed on the site – which has apparent battle wounds and curvature of the spine, and could be the remains of Richard III.