30 July, 2013

New surprise on the site where Richard III remains have been found one year ago

The place where, one year ago, the remains of the last Plantagenet king of England, Richard III, have been found, has still surprise in store. British archeologists recently found, a few meters further, a stone coffin which contained another one, made of lead. That second coffin has not been opened yet and the team is wondering what it could include.

After the summer 2012 discovery, analysis have confirmed that the body unveiled under a car park of Leicester was in fact Richard III, died during the battle of Bosworth in 1485. Richard III was killed by the first king Tudor, Henry VII. His death marked the end of the Roses War.

Archeologists believe the coffins would contain the skeleton of a monk founder of the Greyfriars Church, later destroyed and replaced by a mansion itself teared down. It is said that king Richard III, depicted by Shakespeare, will be buried in Leicester cathedral for its definitive rest. [Credit pictures : Richard III society and Wikipedia]

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