Archaeologists may have found the remains of King Richard III
Archaeologists in the United Kingdom have spent the past month excavating a parking lot in Leicester in the hopes of finding the long missing remains of King Richard III. This morning they announced the finding of a skeleton which, upon early examination, fits with what is known of the king and his death.
"We are not saying today that we have found Richard III," Richard Taylor, Director of Corporate Affairs for the university behind the dig, cautioned in a statement about this morning’s discovery. "Our focus is shifting from archaeological excavation to laboratory analysis. This skeleton certainly has characteristics that warrant extensive further detailed examination."
King Richard III is probably most well known today as a character from William Shakespeare’s famous play “The Tragedy of King Richard the Third.” In Shakespeare’s version of the king’s life he is shown as a power-hungry hunchback who murdered two young princes in the Tower of London. While debate continues to rage to this day over his part in the deaths of the sons of his older brother, Edward IV, historical evidence otherwise parts with Shakespeare’s account. King Richard III, who only reigned for two years, is thought to have had a mild back deformity that would have raised one shoulder higher than the other, but was not a true hunchback, and was known in his time for his willingness to go to battle.
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