Feb.7, 2013

Researchers from the University of Leicester confirm that the remains discovered in Leicester city centre, under a car park, is that of King Richard III who died in 1485. End of last year, the team has reconstructed models of the Blue Boar Inn – where England's King Richard III spent the night before going off to die in the battle of Bosworth through 3D printing technology.

Researchers have revealed a wealth of evidence – including DNA analysis, radiocarbon dating and skeletal examination - proving the identity of the skeleton. Trauma to the skeleton indicates the individual died after one of two significant wounds to the back of the skull – possibly caused by a sword and a halberd.

After the bones had been scanned, a 3D scan of the skull was sent to the University of Dundee and Caroline Wilkinson, Professor of Craniofacial Identification led the project. The team used Geomagic Freeform and CT scans of the king's skull and modelled the facial structure using 3D printing technology known as stereolithography. The final head was painted and textured with glass eyes and a wig, using the portraits as reference, to create a realistic and regal appearance.

(Credit: Richard III Society)

Examination of the remains have shown that Richard had no kyphosis or withered arm, despite this being a feature commonly attributed to him and his face is shown to be warm, young, earnest and rather serious.

The facial reconstruction will be loaned to Leicester City Council to be displayed in their planned visitors centre adjacent to the Greyfriars site. The reconstruction project, led by Caroline Wilkinson, Professor of Craniofacial Identification at the University of Dundee, was commissioned and funded by the Richard III Society.

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