The details of the burial of King Richard III have been revealed by academics for the first time.

The University of Leicester’s announcement of its discovery of King Richard III in a council car park has captured the attention of the world.

Now everyone will be able to read the first academic paper on the archaeology of the Search for Richard III – which has been published in the prestigious journal Antiquity.

The paper reveals details of the archaeologists’ excavation of the Grey Friars site in August – including specific details of the grave dug for King Richard III.

The academics reveal that Richard was casually placed in a badly prepared grave – suggesting gravediggers were in a hurry to bury him.

He was placed in an ‘odd position’ with ‘minimal reverence’ and the torso crammed in – and there is evidence to suggest Richard’s hands may have been tied when he was buried.

The paper was written by key members of the University’s Search for Richard III, including lead archaeologist Richard Buckley and Grey Friars site director Mathew Morris.

The full outcomes from the bone analysis and DNA tests will be published in subsequent papers.

Due to the worldwide interest in the discovery of Richard III, the University of Leicester has made arrangements to ensure the paper is publicly available. To view the paper, click http://antiquity.ac.uk/Ant/087/0519/ant0870519.pdf

This means anyone in the world will be able to read the paper online as soon as it is published.

There will be new excavations at the Grey Friars site in July, which will help clarify details around the disposal of the body.

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