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Medieval Knight Found Under Parking Lot, Same as Richard III

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By Myles Collier, Christian Post Contributor
March 14, 2013|9:13 am

A former medieval knight was uncovered in unceremonious fashion underneath the pavement of a parking lot, mirroring the discovery of King Richard III, who was also unearthed from underneath a parking lot.

The knight was found in grave site in Edinburgh, Scotland after archeologists found other ancient artifacts at the site, which was once a 13th century monastery.

"This find has the potential to be one of the most significant and exciting archaeological discoveries in the city for many years," Richard Lewis, culture convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said in a statement.

Archaeologists found the grave site was decorated with a Calvary cross and an ornate sword, which led them to believe that the marks were used for a knight or nobleman.

This is the most recent historical find at a parking lot in recent weeks after the grave of King Richard III was unearthed in a parking lot in Leicester.

Richard III was the last king to die in battle when he fell during fighting against the man who would succeed him, Henry Tudor, at the Battle of Bosworth Field in central England in 1485.

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Researchers had labeled this find as one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the last few decades.

A team of scientists from the University of Leicester stated that a skeleton found last year during excavations of a medieval friary under a parking lot was that of the famed king.

"It's the academic conclusion of the University of Leicester that beyond reasonable doubt the individual exhumed at Grey Friars in September 2012 is indeed Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England," Richard Buckley, the lead archaeologist on the project, told researchers during a presentation at the university about the physical evidence and condition of the skeleton that was found.

Researchers revealed that DNA samples taken from the remains matched that of Michael Ibsen, who genealogist's state is the direct descendant of the former king's sister, the Anne of York, according to the Daily Telegraph.

 

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