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article imageFace of King Richard III reconstructed from skull (video)

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By Anne Sewell     Feb 6, 2013 in Technology
Recently Richard III's remains were identified "beyond a reasonable doubt", and now, using techniques normally used to identify victims of crime, experts have rebuilt and recreated his face.
Digital Journal has covered the discovery and DNA identification of the remains of King Richard III in some detail.
A fascinating story of the discovery of ancient Royal remains under a car park in Leicester, England.
But now that scientists say they have proved that the remains belong to Richard III "beyond a reasonable doubt," it was decided to find out exactly what the young king looked like.
In the video an expert takes us through details of various portraits painted of King Richard III after his death, and points out where the artists have made efforts to discredit his character and stature.
Referencing the family who assumed the throne after Richard's death, East Sussex-based medieval art historian, Dr Pamela Tudor-Craig, says in an interview in the video above, "It was of great importance to the Tudor dynasty that this man was a villain."
"It was essential, otherwise there was no reason for Henry [the Tudor king] to be on the throne," she added.
Although the paintings gave an idea of how he looked, modern technology can go one better. Scientists at Scotland's Dundee University have now created a bust of Richard, who died in battle in 1485.
Looking at the bust, and comparing to the painted portraits, a difference can be seen immediately. The paintings emphasize a hunched shoulder, squinting eyes and claw-like hands, and while scientists do say that the skeleton shows a spinal curvature, historians are now saying that the popular image of the king was probably exaggerated by his enemies.
The final bust shows a rather good-looking and pleasant face, somewhat different from his historic, painted self.
Bust of Richard III created using facial reconstruction on his skull.
Bust of Richard III created using facial reconstruction on his skull.
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