ARCHAEOLOGY

Quest for the Roses: The hunt for lost King Richard III

King Richard III, the English monarch who died during the War of the Roses in the 15th century -- and uttered the words “Now is the winter of our discontent” in Shakespeare’s famous play -- was buried in a Franciscan church called Greyfriars, its location ultimately lost. But on Feb. 4, scientists announced the skeleton unearthed from a parking lot in the city of Leicester in 2012 is undoubtedly that of King Richard III

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Undated photo made available by the University of Leicester, England, Monday Feb. 4 2013 of the remains found underneath a car park last September at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester, which have been declared Monday "beyond reasonable doubt" to be the long lost remains of England's King Richard III, missing for 500 years.
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Feb. 4, 2013: Jo Appleby, a lecturer in Human Bioarchaeology, at University of Leicester, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, who led the exhumation of the remains found during a dig at a Leicester car park, speaks at the university.
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Undated photo made available by the University of Leicester, England, Monday Feb. 4 2013 of the remains found underneath a car park last September at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester, which have been declared to be the long lost remains of England's King Richard III, missing for 500 years.
AP/University of Leicester

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Nov. 12, 2012: Professional re-enactors put on a display at the Grey Friars car park where the Search for Richard III began.
University of Leicester

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The Greyfriars parking lot. Up to now, the only royalty found here has been an Austin Princess.
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A stained glass window at Cardiff Castle depicts King Richard III and Queen Anne Neville.
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A medieval roof tile uncovered during the search for Richard III. Its use on "high-status" buildings at the time adds confidence that archaeologists are digging at the Friary site, the team said.

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Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley holds a piece of a tracery that once held a window -- just one of several medieval artifacts found at the site.
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A worker stands above medieval remains uncovered on the site -- possibly part of Greyfriars.
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Richard III's standard featuring his symbol, the white boar, and his motto 'Loyaulte me lie' (loyalty binds me).
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A worker checks one of the trenches in the parking lot where Richard III's remains are believed to lie.
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Archaeologists begin removing tarmac at the parking lot where King Richard III's remains are believed to be buried.
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A memorial plaque on Grey Friars Street, erected by the Richard III Society in 1990.
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Inlaid floor tiles unearthed from the Greyfriars church site.
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Quest for the Roses: The hunt for lost King Richard III

King Richard III, the English monarch who died during the War of the Roses in the 15th century -- and uttered the words “Now is the winter of our discontent” in Shakespeare’s famous play -- was buried in a Franciscan church called Greyfriars, its location ultimately lost. But on Feb. 4, scientists announced the skeleton unearthed from a parking lot in the city of Leicester in 2012 is undoubtedly that of King Richard III

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