In case you can't see the smaller print, it says "Leicester archaeologists stun the world..." and indeed they have, because, for anyone who hasn't been following this archaeological dig then allow me to announce that all the evidence points to the amazing fact that...
The body of King Richard III has been found in Leicester.
Yesterday morning a press conference was held in Leicester's medieval Guildhall, an ancient and impressive building, a fitting place for an announcement about a King. Leicester University Archaeology Department, led by Richard Buckley, have found a skeleton in what was once the Choir of Grey Friars Church. This is where he was said to have been buried all those many hundreds of years ago. I know we have to wait for final proof and completion of tests but... Wow!
This is what they have found:
- A skeleton that appears to be male buried in an unusual position and covered in a shroud.
- The skull has injuries that could have been caused by a sharp weapon.
- There is a barbed arrowhead embedded in his upper back.
- There is evidence of spinal abnormalities, possibly severe scoliosis, and so his right shoulder would have appeared to be higher than his left.
- There is DNA available from a direct descendant and this is now being checked at the Leicester University Genetics Department.
If you want to read more about this then I blogged about the dig at Digging for a King
And I blogged about my visit to the site including photographs at Digging for a King - Richard III, Part II
During the press conference Philippa Langley said that this had been her lifetime's dream. She went on to say that if anyone listening has a dream then please don't ever give up on it because dreams really do come true.