Richard III Had Unpleasant Burial
King was given no death shroud, may have been bound
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2013 7:14 AM CDT
Updated May 26, 2013 6:34 AM CDT
The remains of King Richard III, found underneath a car park last September at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester.   (AP Photo/ University of Leicester)

(Newser) – If you thought being found buried under a parking lot was about as unroyal as it could get for King Richard III, think again. In a paper published this week in Antiquity, researchers describe his body as being buried in haste, crammed into a too-small grave that was roughly dug (at the time, a proper grave would have had straight walls, not sloping ones). Further indications that the dead king was treated with little respect: He was found in a somewhat folded position with no death shroud, and his hands may have been bound, reports Smithsonian. (The BBC tempers the finding by noting the University of Leicester researchers did acknowledge the treatment could have been the result of harried gravediggers.)

The condition isn't surprising given that he was killed in battle during the War of the Roses, but it does add to his legend; the story goes that his naked body was carried by horse, and laughed at by spectators en route to his grave. The paper also reveals that it's likely his body was battered after his death: There were 10 wounds—including stabs to his back and buttocks—in addition to blows to his head. The bottom line, per Smithsonian? The new findings further indicate Richard III died in "violent humiliation." (Meanwhile, the feud continues over where the body should be reburied.)

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HMD-SMD-ITY
May 28, 2013 11:07 PM CDT
The grave kind of looks like a Stephen Hawking x-ray
HMD-SMD-ITY
May 27, 2013 12:58 AM CDT
That would have been a very interesting time to live. Healthcare was limited to the rich. Legislators made mostly of wealthy land owners. Totalitarian monarchs with a desire to have an ever expanding government apparatus that controls every possible aspect of life. Taxes up to the hilt, regulations out the door, government control of the mass media of the day with abuse by agencies under their control, the government telling the church how to behave yet granting privileges and exemptions to their own favored denomination, government using the tax collector to punish political enemies, and creation of a huge system of government statutory benefit entitlement which became the basis for the one used in modern day USA.
HANKHILL
May 26, 2013 11:53 AM CDT
he be dead end of story! lets do the same for mr fort hood guy!!!!!!!