Richard Buckley, lead archeologist on the project, told reporters today that tests performed on the remains found in Sept. 2012 proved "beyond reasonable doubt" that they were “indeed Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England," reported the New York Times
For months the world has been waiting to learn if the body found in Leicester that was excavated from a city parking lot was that of the famed King. The announcement was made today by the University of Leicester
during a news conference.
There was much circumstantial evidence to indicate the remains were those of Richard III, but DNA testing was also performed on the remains using a sample from living descendants of the King's family. These are the results that have been awaited
. Two family members were tested, Michael Ibsen, son of a 16th generation niece, and another person who opted to remain anonymous.
The body examined met a violent death, and sustained injuries are ones that align with historical accounts. King Richard III died during the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
"The skull was in good condition, although fragile, and was able to give us detailed information," said Jo Appleby, a lecturer in human bioarchaeology at the university who led the exhumation of the remains last year, according to CNN
It was long believed that Richard III was buried at a monastery known as "Greyfriars", but the location of that church had been lost over the centuries. Last year it was discovered where Greyfriars may be located and a dig at the modern day parking lot commenced. Two bodies were found during the excavation process, and one was believed to be the King.
Now results are in and the answer has been shared. For the last several months, many have said if the remains were those of Richard III, it would be a history changer.
Richard III's remains will be reburied in Leicester Cathedral, close to the site of his original grave. A memorial service will be planned and is expected to be held early next year, reported CNN.