Twisted skeleton found in UK car park may not belong to Richard III

Last Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 17:48

London: A Richard III expert has said that the skeleton found in the Leicester car park may not be the missing monarch.

Michael Hicks, an expert on Richard III and professor of history at Winchester University, has said that the remains could belong to one of many victims of the Wars of the Roses fought in the 15th century England, the Independent reported.
Hicks, whose concerns are highlighted in the BBC History Magazine, said that proof from DNA testing and radiocarbon dating could not be relied upon as the remains could belong to one of dozens of descendants of the king`s female forebears
He also struck down the mitochrondrial DNA proof, saying that if it didn`t change over time, descendants in the female line from Richard`s maternal grandmother, great-grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother could then share the same characteristics.

Martin Biddle , a leading archaeologist and former fellow of medieval archaeology at Oxford University, also cast doubt on the skeleton being that of Richard III, saying that the records on the original 2012 excavation were yet to be published and more work was needed on the Greyfriars site to establish how many burials took place.


First Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 17:48

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