Evidence from archaeological dig

Archaeologists from University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) carried out a dig at the site of the Grey Friars church in Leicester - where Richard III is believed to have been buried – in August.

The team uncovered a fully articulated skeleton, with possible battle injuries and scoliosis of the spine.

The initial archaeological investigation showed:

• The burial is in the choir of the church, as recorded by the chronicler of the time, John Rous

• The grave has apparently been hastily dug and was not quite long enough

• There is no evidence for a coffin, shroud or clothing as might be expected for a high status burial

• The disposition of the arms is unusual, raising the possibility that the hands could have been tied

• The skeletal remains show that the person suffered from severe scoliosis and had died as a result of wounds received in battle

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