Richard III Might Be Buried Under Parking Lot

Site once held medieval church
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2012 4:29 PM CDT
Updated Aug 26, 2012 9:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – British drivers may be parking their cars on top of a king's bones. Archaeologists believe that Richard III, monarch of England from 1483 to 1485, could be buried underneath a parking lot in the city of Leicester. Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth, and his corpse was either interred at a medieval church or thrown into a river. Five centuries later, the site of the church serves as a car park, reports the Guardian.

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"The big question for us is determining the whereabouts of the church on the site, and also where in the church the body was buried," says a researcher. A member of the Richard III Society calls the former king "a charismatic figure who attracts tremendous interest, partly because he has been so much maligned in past centuries and partly because he occupies a pivotal place in English history." The group hopes to give him a proper burial at long last. (Read more Richard III stories.)

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