The University of Leicester, with Channel 4, unveiled the world’s first photograph of the human remains found at the Grey Friars church — which could be that of King Richard III.
The image is released in advance of the University of Leicester’s major announcement detailing the results of its investigations into the skeleton’s identity on February 4.
The image displays the shape of the Grey Friars skeleton’s skull. The University has investigated the skull for signs of damage to the back of the head — potentially caused by battle injuries.
The University has released the image after months of skeletal analysis by Dr Jo Appleby, Lecturer in Human Bioarchaeology in the University’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History, who led the exhumation of the remains in September 2012.
Dr Appleby said: “The skull was in good condition, although fragile, and was able to give us detailed information about this individual. It has been CT scanned at high resolution in order to allow us to investigate interesting features in as much detail as possible.