Experts may have found part of church where King Richard III was buried

King Richard III, could his remains be about to be discovered under a Leicester Car Park Credit: University of Leicester

Archeologists digging under a Leicester Council office car park say they may have found a wall of the church where Richard III is buried.

The team believe the findings date back to the medieval era, and could be their first breakthrough in the search for the lost King's remains. Richard was the last English king to be killed in battle.

The dig is being filmed for a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary to be aired later this year. Credit: ITV Central

The church known as Greyfriars is believed to be where King Richard III's remains were buried. If any remains are found by the team they will undergo DNA testing at the University of Leicester which is heading the project.

Michael Ibsen, Richard III's 16th generation great nephew who's at today's dig and has given a DNA sample Credit: ITV Central

Michael Ibsen, Richard III's 16th generation great nephew who was at the dig when it began has given a DNA sample to help locate the kings final resting place.

Could the Leicester Council car park be the final resting place of King Richard III? Credit: ITV Central

The team are keen to point out that even if they do not find the monarch's remains, it is helping future generations to possibly discover what happened.

To date the team, who started digging on Saturday, have created a 30-metre trench, removing the council offices car park, making their way back in time through 18th and 19th Century soil to reach the medieval layer at about 1.5 metres deep.

Co-Director of the University of Leicester Archaeological Service, Richard Buckley said:

The dig is being filmed for a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary to be aired later this year.

Facts about King Richard III:

  • He was King of England for two years from 1483 until he died at the Battle of Bosworth

  • He died aged 32 this brought an end to 30 years of civil war (War of the Roses) but marked the start of the Tudor times

  • Historians say his armour and clothes were removed and his body taken to Leicester where it was displayed for 3 days

  • The church where King Richard is believed to be buried named Greyfriars was destroyed 50 years after his remains were placed there.

  • Following Richard III death rumours surfaced that he was born with severe deformaties, but historians believe this is not true but the result of Tudor propaganda who used his 'deformity' to 'prove' his guilt in killing his nephews, in Tudor times it was believed a deformed body meant the mind was also deformed and 'evil'.