LEICESTER, England Feb 4 British researchers
said on Monday that a skeleton with a cleaved skull and a curved
spine entombed under a car park was that of Richard III, solving
a 500-year-old mystery about the final resting place of the last
English king to die in battle.
Richard, depicted by William Shakespeare as a monstrous
tyrant who murdered two princes in the Tower of London, was
killed fighting his eventual successor Henry Tudor at the Battle
of Bosworth Field in central England in 1485.
A team of archaeologists and historians from the University
of Leicester said evidence showed that a skeleton found last
year during excavations of a medieval friary under a parking lot
in the city was indeed that of Richard.
Richard Buckley, the lead archaeologist on the project, said
the remains were Richard's.
(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)