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Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:54 AM

Updated: Feb 4, 2013 10:55 AM

LEICESTER, England (AP) British researchers say they can't believe their search for the skeleton of King Richard the Third has been successful.

All they knew when they began last year was that he was supposed to have been buried by Franciscan monks more than 500 years ago at their church in Leicester (LES'-tur), 100 miles north of London. The church was closed and dismantled decades later, and its location was eventually forgotten.

But the researchers from the University of Leicester identified a possible location through map regression analysis -- looking at a current map, and then comparing it with earlier ones to see what had changed.

Ground-penetrating radar was then used to pinpoint the best places to start digging.

Within weeks after starting to dig beneath a parking lot, the team found thick walls and tiled floors. Soon after, they found the skeleton of an adult male who appeared to have died in battle. A battery of scientific tests confirmed that it was a man in his late 20s to late 30s who died between 1455 and 1540. Richard was 32 when he died in 1485.

And they found that the 10 injuries to the body were consistent with the accounts of Richard being struck down in battle.

DNA from the skeleton matched a sample taken from a distant living relative of the king's sister.

One expert says there's no question that the skeleton is, in fact, that of Richard the Third.

The city of Leicester has now bought a building next to the parking lot to serve as a visitor center and museum.

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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 GFX366: Map locates Leicester, England. Scientist find remains of King Richard III (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 LON120: Undated photo made available by the University of Leicester, England, Monday Feb. 4 2013 of 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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