Evidence from radiocarbon dating

The University of Leicester commissioned analysis from the Universities of Oxford and Glasgow who carried out radiocarbon dating analysis of the skeleton to help determine the time period in which the individual would have died.

Radiocarbon dating is also useful for telling us about the individual’s diet – which can be an indicator of their social status.

The radiocarbon dating shows:

• The individual had a high protein diet – including significant amounts of seafood – meaning he was likely to be of high status

• The individual died in the second half of the 15th or in the early 16th century – consistent with Richard’s death in 1485

 

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