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An academic work of archeology based on the search for Richard III reveals for the first time the details of the grave that was dug for him, located under a car park in Leicester.
A document published by archaeologists from the University of Leicester details that the body was placed in a strange position in a poorly prepared tomb, thus suggesting that gravediggers were in a hurry to place it. The tomb was too small in its lower part, thus preventing burying the body in the conventional way. There is also evidence that the hands of Richard III they could be tied up while burying.
The body was found after three weeks of excavations, which began in August 2012, in a place where a medieval church was known to be located and which has now been converted into a parking lot.
Clarifying the details set out above, the head was resting in a corner indicating that those who buried him did not no effort to position you in the usual way. There are also no signs of the existence of a coffin.
All this is shown in accordance with what the medieval historian Polidoro Virgilio, who said that Richard III was buried in absence of a solemn funeral.
In the work carried out by the University of Leicester, in addition to including the analysis of the tomb of Richard III, the conclusions about the design of the convent are explained based on the remains of the church and the cloister. The document was written by the most important members in this search, including archaeologist Richard Buckley and director Mathew Morris. However, it also includes the osteoarchaeological findings of Dr. Jo Appleby, geneticist Dr. Turi King, medieval convents expert Deirdre O'Sullivan, and Professor Lin Foxhall.
Among the evidence that suggests that he is identified as the Richard III skeleton They include his carbon dating, his severe scoliosis, trauma due to battle injuries and even his DNA analysis thanks to two matrilineal descendants.
Full results on bone analysis and DNA testing will be published in later articles and excavations will follow in July to further clarify details about the remains of the body.
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