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DNA tests on possible remains of Richard III due in the new year

Researchers are eagerly awaiting the results of DNA tests carried out on a skeleton found underneath a car park in Leicester in hopes that it will prove if they belong to King Richard III, the last king of the House of York.

Hopes were not high about identifying anything much. But the diggers came across some mortar to indicate they were at the east end of the Grey Friars church.

That brought another snag – there could be any number of burials here. In the event they only found one articulated skeleton (one which is assumed to have been buried as intended while there were still ligaments and flesh holding it together) and astonishingly they reckoned they seemed to have hit the jackpot.

One of the team, Dr Mathew Morris, had first come across a leg sticking out into the 30-metre trench from the side. The spine of the skeleton had a kink in it, plus an arrowhead, indicating violent death.

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Story: Yorkshire Post | Photo: Yorkshire Post

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