Archaeologists searching for the grave of King Richard III say they have found bones that are consistent with the 15th century monarch's physical abnormality and of a man who died in battle. (See my earlier article at http://goo.gl/uT41Z that describes the search.)
Richard Buckley, co-director of the University of Leicester's Archaeological Services, said the bones are a "prime candidate" to be Richard's. The remains are now being examined and the team hopes that DNA can be recovered to aid identification.
Researchers are not yet saying that it is King Richard III pending further tests. However, preliminary examination does look hopeful. William Shakespeare, writing more than a century after Richard's death, described the king as "deform'd, unfinished." Researchers said the skeleton displayed spinal abnormalities consistent with contemporary accounts of Richard's appearance.
The skeleton was apparently of an adult male and in good condition. There were signs of trauma to the skull shortly before death, perhaps from a bladed instrument, and a barbed metal arrowhead was found between vertebrae of the upper back, consistant with historical reports that King Richard III died in the nearby Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
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