Yep: Skeleton in Parking Lot Is Richard III

DNA matches sister's descendant
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2013 6:46 AM CST
Updated Feb 4, 2013 9:00 AM CST
Yep: Skeleton in Parking Lot Is Richard III
Jo Appleby, a lecturer in Human Bioarchaeology, who led the exhumation of the remains found during a dig at a Leicester car park, speaks at the university Monday Feb. 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, PA)

Archeologists have shown "beyond a reasonable doubt" that human remains under a Leicester parking lot belong to a fabled king of England. Researchers had suspected the skeleton was Richard III's—and today they announced that DNA and other testing have confirmed it, the Guardian reports. The skeleton's DNA matches that of a descendant of Richard's sister, while wounds and a curved spine make the theory "highly convincing," a researcher says.

So what's next for the skeleton? It's set to be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral, which will feature an exhibit about the king. Though he was "the most notorious villain in English history," perhaps his burial deserves as much attention as William and Kate's wedding, writes Ed West in the Telegraph. After all, "nationhood ultimately is a story," and Richard was a central part of it. "A day to bury our former king would be a great moment of togetherness. I hope that the queen ... can make it." The BBC has a slideshow of the find. (More Richard III stories.)

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