Exhumation Services UK - King Richard III Bones

Randall Contracting Exhumation services have worked on  a variety of Exhumation Projects including removing remains from beneath a school car park and were interested to see the article below about the discovery of Human remains thought to be King Richard III.

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EXPERTS have dug up bones in a car park they believe ARE King Richard III’s skeleton.

The historians revealed yesterday that the remains show a curved spine — a clue that they belong to the king portrayed as a hunchback in Shakespeare’s play Richard III.

There was also an arrowhead in the man’s back — “strong circumstantial evidence” that he was the monarch killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. The dead man also had a head wound and his right shoulder was higher than the left.

historians at University of Leicester

Grave news … historians at University of Leicester
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The bones were found in a 5ft by 2ft hole after a dig started last month in Greyfriars car park, Leicester — 11 miles from the battle scene.

A friary where Richard is said to have been buried once stood on the site. Richard Taylor, of Leicester University, said: “We are very excited.”

Samples will be compared to DNA from London furniture maker Michael Ibsen, 55, who is descended from Richard’s sister.


London furniture maker Michael Ibsen

Relative … London furniture maker Michael Ibsen

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SHAKESPEARE’S 1591 play Richard III portrayed a villainous, ugly hunchback who plotted his way to power.

It also created the legend of Richard crying, “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse” as he is thrown from his steed in battle.

Laurence Olivier’s 1955 film portrayal cemented the king’s place as an anti-hero.

King Richard III
Villain … King Richard III

TV’s Blackadder later parodied Richard, suspected of being behind the murders of “The Princes in the Tower”.

Richard was protector of his nephews aged nine and 12. But they mysteriously vanished — believed to be killed and buried in the Tower of London — sealing Richard’s grip on the throne.

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