I HAD A HUNCH IT WAS HIM! DMUULS EXPERTS: CAR PARK SKELETON IS RICHARD III Writer Could 'Feel' Battle King Bones

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I HAD A HUNCH IT WAS HIM! DMUULS EXPERTS: CAR PARK SKELETON IS RICHARD III Writer Could 'Feel' Battle King Bones


Byline: MARTIN FRICKER martin.fricker@mirror.co.uk

REMAINS discovered under a council car park ARE those of King Richard III, experts confirmed yesterday.

Archaeologists described the find as one of the most significant "in recent times" and said history books would be rewritten.

The dramatic discovery was made after a screenwriter researching a play about the monarch "felt a chill" and was immediately convinced the royal was buried there.

Now DNA taken from the skeleton, which has a deformed spine, has been found to match two living royal descendants.

Experts began digging the site last September after Philippa Langley, 50, first visited the car park in August 2009.

She said: "It was a hot summer and I had goose bumps so badly and I was freezing cold. I walked past a particular spot and absolutely knew I was walking on his grave.

"I am a rational human being but the feeling I got was the same feeling I have had before when a truth is given to me. On a subsequent visit, I found a little white 'R' painted on the exact same spot. Of course it was 'R' for 'reserved', not 'R' for Richard, but from that moment on, I was on a mission."

She was so sure she was right that she began funding the dig herself.

The king's 527-year-old remains feature fatal skull wounds he sustained at the bloody Battle of Bosworth. His skeleton also has a distinctive scoliosis of the spine and had a metal arrowhead in its back.

Experts believe one of the king's shoulders was higher than the other, consistent with descriptions of him as a hunchback.

They even found evidence he was stabbed through the right buttock by his jubilant enemy after his death in 1485 aged 32. Delighted archaeologists said the discovery in the car park in Leicester was "truly astonishing".

The Battle of Bosworth was the final act of the War of the Roses and saw the last Plantagenet monarch defeated by the army of Henry Tudor - King Henry VII.

According to records, Richard III was buried at Grey Friars church, believed to be on the site of the car park.

The medieval skeleton was discovered on the first day of the three-week dig. It was exhumed from just one metre below the surface in September and taken away for tests. Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley said the results proved "beyond reasonable doubt" it was the king's body. …

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