The over 500 year old bones of the ruler were identified by scientists from the university of leicester. "We can state without a doubt that the skeleton is richard III. Acts," said the university’s chief archaeologist, richard buckley, on monday. The bones were found in the city last august, after hobby archaeologists, among others, had fought for years against resistance to dig for them there.
Richard III. Reigned only about two years, but became world-famous, among other things, for the stage play of the same name by william shakespeare. His bones were thought to be lost for centuries. "History is being made today, and we are witnesses," said the university’s chief archivist, richard taylor. Philippa langley of the richard III society, one of the driving forces behind the excavation, said: "this is a historic moment, after which the history books will have to be rewritten."
More than 140 journalists from all over the world attended the presentation of the results. The university had cooperated with a television station, among others, and aroused great media interest in the story. "It shows the extent to which archaeology can arouse public interest and tell stories about our heritage," buckley said.
The evidence gathered by the team of archaeologists, historians, biologists, DNA experts and other researchers leaves no doubt that it was richard, taylor said. Among the most important identifying features were indications of a spinal curvature. In addition, descendants have been traced and DNA comparisons made. "I will never forget how it felt when i looked at the first results of the dna analysis and saw that it was a match."
The king died at the battle of bosworth in 1485 at the age of 32. His death ended the rose wars for the throne of england and is often considered to mark the end of the medieval period on the island. He was the last king of the plantagenet dynasty. After him took over with heinrich VII. The first representative of the tudor dynasty the reign. Richard III. Was buried in a church in leicester, which was built in the 16th century. Was demolished in the eighteenth century. Legend had it that his bones were thrown into a river. During the excavations were also found remains of the church.
Richard III. Was often portrayed as a brutal and disfigured despot, who did not hesitate even to murder family members. Today, scientists assume that his bad reputation was part of a smear campaign against him by the tudor rulers. The find could help reconstruct the real life of the ruler, langley explained.
The experts continue to study the skeleton. Presumably in early 2014 the bones will be brought to leicester cathedral. A visitor center is to be built near the site of the discovery.