Richard III dig: Skeleton DNA results to be announced next month
The results of scientific tests on the Greyfriars remains, believed to be those of King Richard III, will be revealed to the world early next month.
The University of Leicester has scheduled a press conference for Monday, February 4, which will brief the world on the identity of the skeleton found beneath a city council car park in August last year.
Experts at the university have carried out DNA tests, radio carbon-dating, environmental sampling and facial reconstruction to ascertain whether or not the bones are those of the 500-year-old monarch.
The project was instigated by the Richard III Society in association with the university and Leicester City Council.
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At a press conference in September, the project team announced it had found human remains with evidence of what was believed to be scoliosis and battle trauma.
Specialists said these remains, found at the excavation site in New Street, in the city centre, would need to be subject to rigorous scientific analysis in order to confirm their identity.
Richard Taylor, director of corporate affairs at the university, said: "There is a huge anticipation and excitement about the university's announcement."