The skull of a king?
The skull of the skeleton found at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester, potentially that of King Richard III. Copyright: University of Leicester.
The University has released a dramatic image of the skull found at Grey Friars for the first time.
Our academics will today reveal the results of their scientific investigations to determine if the skeleton found in August belongs to Richard III – the last Plantagenet King of England.
The striking image shows the battle-scarred skull of the individual found by our archaeologists at the site of the Grey Friars church.
It has been released after months of skeletal analysis by Dr Jo Appleby, Lecturer in Human Bioarchaeology in our School of Archaeology and Ancient History, who led the exhumation of the remains in September 2012.
The remains were found at the place where Richard III is believed to have been buried after his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
The skeleton showed evidence of what was believed to be scoliosis and battle trauma – signs that suggest it may be the remains of the medieval monarch.
We will announce the results of our rigorous scientific investigations in front of over 140 journalists from across the globe later today.
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More information will soon be available on our Search for Richard III website.