THE HUMILIATION OF RICHARD III
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How does one recognize the bones of a king? At a press conference at the University of Leicester on Monday, a team of scientists and archeologists announced that a skeleton found under a parking lot was that of Richard III. From the moment they dug it up, last fall, they’d thought it might be him, because of all the places his body was broken, with multiple blows to the head; a scoliotic curve in his spine; and the way he’d been left near the church but not in any tomb, with his hands tied behind his back—everything un-regal recalled this king. That’s now been confirmed with radio-carbon testing and a match with the maternal DNA of two descendants of Richard’s sister. (One of them is Michael Ibsen, a furniture maker from Canada; the other wanted to remain anonymous.) “Beyond reasonable doubt, the individual exhumed at Greyfriars in September, 2012, is indeed Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England,” Richard Buckley, the lead archaeologist, said at the press conference.
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