The University of Leicester's lead archaeologist for the excavation project, Richard Buckley, made a statement today, saying, "It's the academic conclusion of the University of Leicester that beyond reasonable doubt the individual exhumed at Greyfriars [church] in September 2012 is indeed Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England."
(Note: The House of Plantagenet was a royal house ruling England from 1154 to 1485. Another aside: As Shakespeare aficionados know, King Richard III was the malevolent protagonist in Shakespeare's tragic play Richard III.)
The king's remains will receive a proper interment in 2014, in the Leicester Cathedral....which, interestingly, is near the parking lot where Richard has rested the past 500 years.
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Readers in the UK can watch the documentary Richard III: The King in the Car Park airing tonight on BBC's Channel 4. Stateside Anglophiles can watch the University of Leicester's video, below, to find out more about the archaeological excavation.