In the ruins of the monastery, where he was buried English King Richard III, archaeologists discovered an untouched stone coffin. The researchers intend to raise the lid of the coffin and try to figure out whose remains are there.
Experts believe that the tomb is found in the skeleton of a medieval knight or one of the monks of very high status, because he was buried in the monastery.
Richard III — the last king of the dynasty of York, who ruled England from 1483 to 1485 and was killed in battle during the English Civil "War of the Roses." Some scientists believe that it is his remains were buried in the monastery of the so-called Gray, who at the time of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, was destroyed, and there's little that is known of the history.
However, studies have shown that the stone coffin was buried in the ground for 100 years until the death of Richard. In the near future, the researchers plan to open the coffin and finally find out who is on the very fact it is buried. Some experts think that it may contain the remains of the knight Sir William, who died between 1356 and 1362, or one of the two heads of the monastery — Peter Svinsfilda or William Nottingham.
"This is the first stone coffin, we found perfectly safe for all of our excavation of this place," said the director of the University of Leicester Matthew Morris. "I'm very happy that he survived with no visible change».
Before the mysterious coffin lid is opened, the scientists plan to measure and photograph it, and will do so, in all appearances, without the presence of the media.
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