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How many burials were made there in the three centuries of the friary’s existence, and indeed after the battle of Bosworth?
Without further excavation there is no way of knowing, and hence no certainty about the burial that it has been claimed was that of Richard III.
“The radiocarbon dating places the skeleton to the period of Richard’s death, and while the nature of his burial and grave is highly unusual for Leicester at the time, it fits with the known facts.
“I asked in a letter to in 2012 for details about the shape and size of the grave pit but, as far as I know, this material is still not in the public domain.
"Hicks says that there may have been ‘lots of people with similar wounds’: perhaps he could name one who fits the bill?
” A spokesperson from the University of Leicester said: “The identification was made by combining different lines of evidence.
, Michael Hicks, head of history at the University of Winchester, and Martin Biddle, archaeologist and director of the Winchester Research Unit, raised concerns about the DNA testing, radiocarbon dating and damage to the skeleton.
Biddle also notes that the team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester is yet to make excavation field records publicly available.