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Skeleton Of Richard III Found

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  1. English Gent

    English Gent Registered User

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    This may, or may not be of interest to some of you psychopaths. It's pretty fucking mind-blowing.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...gs-body-car-park-Leicester.html#axzz2JjWIPAj6

    Human remains found buried beneath a social services car park in Leicester are those of Richard III who was killed in battle in 1485, archaeologists confirmed today.
    In an extraordinary discovery which rewrites the history books, the skeleton of the last of the Plantagenet kings was identified by DNA analysis after researchers traced his living descendants.
    Investigators from the University of Leicester today revealed that the remains bore the marks of ten injuries inflicted shortly before his death.
    More gruesome, however, was evidence of ‘humiliation’ injuries, including several head wounds - part of the skull was sliced away - a cut to the ribcage and a pelvic wound likely caused by an upward thrust of a weapon, through the buttock.

    The skeleton was described of that of a slender male, in his late 20s or early 30s. Richard was 32 when he died.
    Newly-released pictures also show a distinctive curvature of the spine synonymous with the hunchback king immortalised by Shakespeare.

    There was, however, no evidence of a withered arm, which was also part of the Richard myth.
    Speaking to 140 journalists who had travelled from across the world for the announcement, the university’s lead archaeologist Richard Buckley described the identity of the remains as ‘beyond reasonable doubt.'
    ‘It is the academic conclusion of the University of Leicester that the individual exhumed at Greyfriars in August 2012 is indeed King Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England.’

    Deputy registrar Richard Taylor described the discovery as ‘truly astonishing’ and said it could ‘prove to be one of the biggest archaeological discoveries of recent times’.
    The long-awaited announcement was greeted by cheers.

    Richard, depicted by William Shakespeare as a monstrous tyrant who murdered two princes in the Tower of London, died at the Battle of Bosworth Field, defeated by an army led by Henry Tudor.
    According to historical records, his body was taken 15 miles to Leicester where it was displayed as proof of his death before being buried in the Franciscan friary.
    The team from Leicester University set out to trace the site of the old church and its precincts, including the site where Richard was finally laid to rest.
    They began excavating the city centre location in August last year and soon discovered the skeleton, which was found in good condition with its feet missing in a grave around 68cm (27in) below ground level.
    It was lying in a rough cut grave with the hands crossed in a manner which indicated they were bound when he was buried.
    To the naked eye, it was clear that the remains had a badly curved spine and trauma injuries to the rear of the head.
    But archaeologists were keen to make no official announcement until the skeleton had been subjected to months of tests.

    Speaking at today’s press conference, University of Leicester geneticist Dr Turi King described how researchers had traced Richard’s descendants to confirm the body was indeed that of England’s last medieval king.
    These were Canadian born furniture maker Michael Ibsen, a direct descendant of the Richard’s sister Anne of York, and a second person who has asked to remain anonymous.
    Dr King said: ‘The DNA sequence obtained from the Grey Friars skeletal remains was compared with the two maternal line relatives of Richard III.
    ‘We were very excited to find that there is a DNA match between the maternal DNA from the family of Richard III and the skeletal remains we found at the Grey Friars dig.’


    The analysis showed the individual had a slender physique and severe scoliosis - a curvature of the spine - possibly with one shoulder visibly higher than the other.
    This is consistent with descriptions of Richard III's appearance from the time, the researchers said today.
    Trauma to the skeleton showed the king died after one of two significant wounds to the back of the skull - possibly caused by a sword and a halberd.
    Dr Appleby said this was consistent with contemporary accounts of the monarch being killed after receiving a blow to the head.
    The skeleton also showed a number of non-fatal injuries to the head and rib and to the pelvis, which is believed to have been caused by a wound through the right buttock.
    Dr Appleby said these may have been so-called ‘humiliation injuries’ inflicted after his death.
    ‘The skeleton has a number of unusual features: its slender build, the scoliosis and the battle-related trauma,’ she said.
    ‘All of these are highly consistent with the information that we have about Richard III in life and about the circumstances of his death.
    ‘Taken as a whole, the skeletal evidence provides a highly convincing case for identification as Richard III.’

    The bones had also undergone radiocarbon dating which indicated the man found had died sometime between 1485 and 1550 - consistent with historical records of the king’s death.
    Archaeologists, historians and local tourism officials were all hoping for confirmation that the monarch's long-lost remains have been located.
    So were the king's fans in the Richard III Society, set up to re-evaluate the reputation of a reviled monarch.

    Richard was immortalised in a play by William Shakespeare as a hunchbacked usurper who left a trail of bodies - including those of his two young nephews, murdered in the Tower of London - on his way to the throne.
    Richard III remains an enigma - villain to many, hero to some. He ruled England between 1483 and 1485, during the decades-long tussle over the throne known as the Wars of the Roses.
    His brief reign saw liberal reforms, including introduction of the right to bail and the lifting of restrictions on books and printing presses.
    His rule was challenged, and he was defeated and killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field by the army of Henry Tudor, who took the throne as King Henry VII.
    Richard III’s remains are expected to be re-interred in Leicester Cathedral.
     
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  2. Kugzilla

    Kugzilla Roar. Go: Eagles, Flyers, Philles, Buckeyes, etc.

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    That's pretty cool
     
  3. OilyJillFart

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    How did he get through High School as Dick the turd?
     
  4. Party Rooster

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    If they didn't do the carbon dating I would think the documentarian would be trying to pull off a hoax.
     
  5. LiddyRules

    LiddyRules I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy

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    But did they find his assassin?

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    That's actually pretty cool stuff.
     
  7. UrsusHorribilis

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    The last kid who called him that was hung, drawn and quartered,
     
  8. LiddyRules

    LiddyRules I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy

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    Or nailed into a barrel of wine and drowned.
     
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    Butt of Malmsey!
     
  10. tattered

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    I found this article to be rather fascinating. Pretty cool stuff
     
  11. weeniewawa

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    this makes Jimmy Hoffa look like a rookie, only being missing for 30+ years
     
  12. English Gent

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    Richard III: Leiceister Hide-And-Seek Champion 1485.
     
  13. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    Pfffft. Call me when they find the body of Henry the 8th I Am.
     
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    Which one is the fossil?
     
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    I don't know but I think they dug up the body with her over bite.
     
  18. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    You think he scooted his ass along the carpet?
     
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