Archaeologists have found the remains of a human body underneath a parking place in Leicester, Britain, last summer.
The bones are believed to be the last remains of King Richard III who died in 1485 during a battle fought in Bosworth Field, about 25 kilometers away.
As it does in many cases of Sherlock Holmes, it appears that this mystery too is going to be solved with the help of scientific ingenuity. A team at the University of Leicester will announce the results of the DNA test that will ultimately verify if the remains unearthed were indeed those of the King whose whereabouts have loomed in obscure mystery for 500 years.
Whose DNA was studied against those of the samples found in the bones? It was Michael Ibsen, who was born in Canada and is believed to be a direct descendant of King Richard's sister, Anne. The 55-year-old carpenter is thus, thought to be the 17th-generation nephew of the English monarch who was immortalized by Shakespeare's play as a Machiavellian hunchbacked tyrant who executed his nephews in the lust of power. "It has been an extraordinary series of events," Ibsen said in an address to reporters last week.
Now after months of scrutinized study of those human remains by academics of the University Of Leicester, they have released a tantalizing picture of a skull that was found in their excavation. This comes ahead of a final revelation by the team in a "major announcement" scheduled Monday, detailing the results of this tasking examination.
Dr Jo Appleby from the university who led the study said in a statement, "The skull was in good condition, although fragile, and was able to give us detailed information about this individual"
"In order to determine whether this individual is Richard III we have built up a biological profile of its characteristics. We have also carefully examined the skeleton for traces of a violent death."
The body of the former English king is thought to have been buried at a church which had remained difficult to be located until recently. The skeleton was found in a place that is believed to have been the choir of the church that was demolished in 1530.
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