'I absolutely knew I was walking on his grave': Woman feels a chill in car park where human remains found thought to be Richard IIILeicester University scientists expected to confirm remains are Richard III'sConducted a range of tests including carbon-dating and a DNA match with a descendent of the Plantagenet King's sisterPhilippa Langley who initially funded excavation said she was '99% sure'
A documentary will also be screened on Channel 4 charting the excavation and subsequent testing
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Confirmation: The human remains found under a car park in Leicester are expected to be confirmed as belonging to Richard III
A skeleton thought to be Richard III, discovered underneath a car park in Leicester, was found after a women had a hunch that he was buried there.
Screenwriter Philippa Langley said she felt a chill on a hot summer's day as she walked through the area where it was thought he was buried.
The remarkable discovery of the remains, entailing a curved spine back and wounded skull, was made last September.
The skeleton is expected to be confirmed as that of Richard III – one of England's most controversial kings.
Miss Langley was strolling across the car park used by Leicester social services while researching a play about the king when she felt a chill in August 2009.
According to The Sunday Times, she said: 'It was a hot summer and I had goosebumps so badly and I was freezing cold. I walked past a particular spot and absolutely knew I was walking on his grave.
'I am a rational human being but the feeling I got was the same feeling I have had before when a truth is given to me.'
Miss Langley initially funded
the excavation of what is now a Leicester City Council car park because she was '99 per cent certain' that the remains were those of Richard.
Since then scientists have been conducting a range of tests to establish whether the remains do indeed belong to the Plantagenet King.
Researchers from Leicester University will hold a press conference on Monday morning where they will present the findings of their investigation.
The scientists will present the results of carbon-dating tests and a DNA investigation, pairing the skeleton's genetic material with that of Michael Ibsen.
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Felt a chill: Screenwriter Philippa Langley said she 'absolutely knew' Richard III was buried in a car park in Leicester when she felt goosebumps on a hot summer's day
Mr Ibsen, a London-based furniture-maker, is a direct descendant of the medieval king's sister, Anne of York.
Reports suggest that the scientists will also confirm the body was not buried within a coffin or shroud.
III died during the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, becoming the last
English king to die on the battlefield, and is thought to have been
crudely buried by his successor Henry VII.
The body in the car park has an arrow in its back, matching details of his death in the battle.
The skeleton's scoliosis – severe curvature of the spine – ties in with the
famous description by Shakespeare and others of the monarch as a
Findings: This image shows the dig in progress. Scientists have conducted carbon-dating on the remains, as well as DNA testing
Discovery: The human remains were uncovered in September in what is now the car park of Leicester City Council's social services department, pictured
However, those working on the project previously said these details were not enough to prove that the skeleton was Richard.
Miss Langley is working on a documentary charting the excavation for Channel 4 titled Richard III:
The King in the Car Park, which has been made alongside the university
academics and will be screened on Monday night following the press
Previous reports suggested that
academics withheld evidence during press conferences to
generate publicity for the documentary, much to the annoyance of some
involved in the project.
Final resting place: The remains found here (circled) were discovered after screenwriter Philippa Langley felt a chill on a hot summer's day as she walked through the car park. She said she 'absolutely knew' that he was buried there
War wounds: Karen Ladniuk from the Richard III society at the excavation site where the body was found with an arrow in its back, matching details of Richard's death in the battle
Langley, who is a member of the Richard III Society, said a play that she began
researching three years ago has been turned into a script for television
She told the Sunday Times the scripts are now 'getting serious interest from Los Angeles and in the UK'.
The new evidence will also include tartar analysis from the skeleton's teeth.
Once it is confirmed that the body is
Richard III, it is believed the remains will be buried inside Leicester
Cathedral – more than 500 years after he was killed in battle.
decision, made by the Ministry of Justice, came after a row between MPs
as to where Richard should
be laid to rest.
Some said he should be given a state burial in Westminster Abbey because he was a reigning monarch.
Others said the remains should be buried in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, the centre of the Plantagenet monarch’s kingdom.
But in a parliamentary answer, the Government settled for Leicester Cathedral, a stone’s throw from the car park.
Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester
South, said at the time: ‘This is really good news. Richard III has
been lying in Leicester for 500 years – it seems only appropriate that
he should be buried in Leicester'
Theatrics: Actors dressed as knights look on as archaeologists work at the excavation site in September last year. Researchers from Leicester University will hold a press conference on Monday morning where they will present the findings of their investigation
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