King Richard III was buried in an 'untidy' grave

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.

The remains of King Richard III, which were discovered under a city car park and were found in a hastily dug, untidy grave. Credit: University of Leicester/PA Wire

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.