Grave of Richard III found

Archaeologists working on a dig beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England believe they have discovered a grave containing the remains of King Richard III who was killed in battle in 1485.

Documents from the time refer to Richard's burial at the Franciscan friary of Greyfriars, torn down in the early 16th century. The area is believed to be located under the parking lot. The remains found show "evidence of a peri-mortem (near-death) trauma to the skull and a barbed iron arrow head in the area of the spine" which match accounts of the king's death. Experts from the University of Leicester plan DNA studies to verify the identity of the skeleton.

The team originally was not optimistic about finding the grave, and referred to the possibility as a "long shot". The second link below was written prior to the dig, before the team knew what they would find.