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Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:38 AM

Updated: Feb 4, 2013 10:38 AM

LEICESTER, England (AP) On top of all of the indignities he suffered at the end of his life, it appears that England's King Richard the Third has suffered some more. People in the British city of Leicester (LEHS'-tur) have been parking on top of him.

More than 500 years after his death, the remains of the king have been found under a parking lot.

Researchers from a university say tests on the skeleton they found last year prove "beyond reasonable doubt" that the bones are those of the king. He died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and his remains have been missing for centuries.

He was the last British monarch to have died in battle.

And death was just the start of his problems. Historians trashed his reputation, accusing him of crimes including the murder of two of his nephews in the Tower of London.

Shakespeare depicted him as a hunchbacked usurper who left a trail of bodies on his way to the throne.

But others argue that the image is unfair, and that Richard's reputation was smeared by his successors.

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152-v-32-(Charles de Ledesma, correspondent)--Scientists in Britain have confirmed that a skeleton found under a parking lot is England's King Richard III. Correspondent Charles de Ledesma reports. (4 Feb 2013)

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153-a-12-(Richard Buckley, head archaeologist, University of Leicester (LEHS'-tur), at news conference)-"King of England"-Richard Buckley, the University of Leicester's head archaeologist, confirms that the skeleton found under a parking lot is the last British king to be killed in battle, way back in 1485. (4 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO LON119: Undated photo made available by the University of Leicester, England, Monday Feb. 4 2013 of the remains found underneath a car park last September at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester, which have been declared Monday "beyond reasonable doubt" to be the long lost remains of England's King Richard III, missing for 500 years. Richard was immortalized in a play by Shakespeare as a hunchbacked usurper who left a trail of bodies including those of his two young nephews, murdered in the Tower of London on his way to the throne. (AP Photo/ University of Leicester) (3 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO LON137: Undated photo made available by the University of Leicester, England, Monday Feb. 4 2013 of a skull that was part of the remains found underneath a car park last September at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester, which have been declared Monday "beyond reasonable doubt" to be the long lost remains of England's King Richard III, missing for 500 years. Richard was immortalized in a play by Shakespeare as a hunchbacked usurper who left a trail of bodies including those of his two young nephews, murdered in the Tower of London on his way to the throne. (AP Photo/ University of Leicester) (3 Feb 2013)

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