The remains of King Richard III were found in a hastily dug, untidy grave, researchers have revealed.
The last Plantagenet king was discovered under a city car park, placed casually in a badly prepared grave, academics from the University of Leicester said.
His position suggests that gravediggers were in a hurry to bury him or had little respect for the murdered king, they added.
Researchers said there was evidence to suggest his hands might have been tied when he was buried, and that he was placed in an odd position, with his torso crammed in.
The findings were revealed as University of Leicester archaeologists published the first peer-reviewed paper on the university-led archaeological Search for Richard III in the journal Antiquity.
The design proposals for the tomb where Richard lll will finally be laid to rest have been unveiled.
It has been confirmed his remains will be reburied in Leicester, after they were discovered underneath a car park in the City last year. No date has been set for the reinterment but it is expected to take place next spring.
The tomb design was commissioned by Philippa Langley – from the Richard lll Society who was behind the search.
The design was undertaken by a team of specialists with more than 40 years of research into Richard III. It was first proposed in drawing form in September 2010, and then preliminary images were presented in August 2011.
The discovery of the remains of Richard III in a Leicester car park is continuing to have a big impact of the number of tourists visiting the city.
On top of a new exhibition at Leicester's Guildhall, tickets for a guided tour are selling out.
Experts at the Royal Armouries in Leeds have revealed the sort of weapons which may have been used to kill Richard III.
Archaeologists in the midlands yesterday confirmed they had discovered the body of the last king of the House of York. Now a Leeds historian is piecing together just what happened to the man who gave battle in vain.
A reconstruction of the head of King Richard III has been unveiled to the world's media in London following yesterday's announcement that his skeleton had been found under a Leicester car park.
The model was built using a CT scan taken of the king's skull by the archaeological dig.
The unveiling is being held at The Society of Antiquaries in London.
She describes how it was a near-miss. The dig almost got cancelled because one of the funding bodies pulled out.
The tomb design will be revealed in the next few weeks.
The scientists now start to give their evidence, starting with Lead Archeologist Richard Buckley.
He describes how challenging it was to find the burial site, given the modern day building works and how he chose where to start digging.
They started digging on 25th August 2012 and quickly found archeological remains including tile flooring.
The skeleton found had two distinctive traits - curvature of the spine and evidence of trauma to the skull.