Canadian Holds DNA Key to Richard IIISep 13, 2012
By Michelle McQuigge
|Undated Univ. of Leicester handout photo of a stone frieze, which may have been from a choir stall, which was discovered during an excavation of the car park behind council offices in Leicester. Archaeologists searching under the city center car park for the lost grave of Britain's King Richard III have discovered human remains. Bones unearthed during the dig have been sent for DNA testing and the experts hope that they turn out to be those of the medieval king. Contemporary chronicles say Richard's body was brought to Leicester, 100 miles (160 kms) north of London, after the king was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. Courtesy of AP Photo/Univ. of Leicester
The answer to one of history's great puzzles may be lying in a British university lab, but it's evidence from a Canadian family that will ultimately close the case.
Researchers at the Univ. of Leicester are currently analyzing bones discovered during a recent archaeological dig to determine if they are the remains of King Richard III, a 15th-century ruler whose historical legacy has been dwarfed by his pop culture depiction as a hunch-backed tyrant.
Archaeologists had long sought the monarch's grave, which had been the subject of speculation for centuries.
The recent discovery of a skeleton showing signs of Richard's famed spinal curvature and bearing signs of fatal battle wounds, however, isn't enough to solve the mystery.
A Canadian family who can name the king as one of their direct ancestors is providing the DNA evidence that will conclusively prove whether the remains belong to the late monarch.
Source: Montreal Gazette