Chemical analysis of Richard III's skull reveals new details about his life

King Richard III is a famous and controversial figure in the history of England. A representative of the York dynasty, he ruled in the second half of the 13th century for only 2 years - from 1483 to 1485, becoming one of two British monarchs who fell in battle.

Almost six centuries later, in the fall of 2012 in the town of Leicester, during an archaeological excavation, the remains of a young man with signs of congenital scoliosis were discovered. A genetic examination carried out a little later showed with a high probability that they belong to Richard III. The next stage of research was the isotopic analysis of the bones of the skull, carried out by Dr. Angela Lamb and Professor Jane Evans, which brought very interesting results.

Dr. Angela Lamb and Professor Jane Evans

In particular, the analysis of the teeth revealed a number of interesting details about the diet of Richard III in the early period of his life and shortly before his death at the Battle of Bosworth. The level of strontium, nitrogen, oxygen, lead and carbon allowed scientists to establish the location of the monarch. So, studies of the femur showed that about 15 years before his death, he returned to East England.

No less interesting information about the last 5 years of his life was "provided" by the rib of Richard III. During this period, there were further changes in the diet, where expensive wines, river fish, game, including swans and herons, began to prevail, which is typical for royal meals.