The last English king to die in battle was found under a parking lot. Find out more about his gruesome end!
Most of the greatest rulers in history have grand catacombs, monuments, and grave sites that enjoy visitors from all around the world each year. Richard III, King of England from 1483 to 1485 and the last king of the Middle Ages, did not get such a treatment. In fact, his body was lost for centuries—until a parking lot was dug up in 2012.
Archaeologists have been looking for him for years, and it turns out they were right under some of their parked cars for the last century. Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and his remains were lost for five centuries. In 2012, and excavation of a city council car park turned up a skeleton that had strong evidence for being Richard III. DNA tests, computer-imaging technology, and a spine bent by scoliosis could only mean this was the lost king.
After examination, it came to light that Richard III was killed in a very violent way. The base of his skull was sliced off by what some suspect was a halbred. The blow penetrated the skull, several centimeters into his brain, killing him almost instantly. Many other injuries could be seen that were suspected be to dealt after his death, like a gruesome battlefield ritual.