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Skull that belongs to Richard III

Archaeologists involved in the hunt for the remains of Richard III have released the first image of the the 15th century ruler's battle-scarred skull.

A photograph of the skull was released by the University of Leicester ahead of the announcement about the identity of the skeleton found underneath Leicester's Greyfriars car park last September.

The skeleton was unearthed in what is believed to have been the choir of the Greyfriars church, the site of which was also uncovered during a three-week archaeological dig.

According to historical records, the church was the burial site of the monarch following his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

The University of Leicester released the image after months of skeletal analysis by Dr Jo Appleby, a lecturer in Human Bioarchaeology at its School of Archaeology and Ancient History, who led the exhumation of the remains.

Dr Appleby said: "The skull was in good condition, although fragile, and was able to give us detailed information about this individual.

"It has been CT scanned at high resolution in order to allow us to investigate interesting features in as much detail as possible."

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