The University of Leicester have scheduled a press conference for Monday, February 4th, which will brief the world on the identity of the skeleton, thought to be that of King Richard III. University experts have carried out DNA tests, radio-carbon dating, facial reconstruction and environmental sampling to uncover the identity of the remains.
|Richard III in contemporary art|
We at thiswasleicestershire believe that the radio-carbon dating will date the remains at roughly the right age, but as radio-carbon error rates can never give an exact date, the results will have inconclusive error bars. Call us synical, but the facial reconstruction results will, in my opinion, only be revealed if they look like Richard III in contemporary art - so we believe these will have positive results, as will the environmental sampling.
Due to the age of the DNA though and the tenuous genealogical testing methods, we believe the results will be inconclusive, although of course, we don't know this.
We think that all the finds - radio-carbon dating, the arrowhead, the skeletal abnormalities, the cleaved skull, the environmental sampling and the facial reconstruction - will point to the remains being Richard III. We believe it is Richard III! But without conclusive DNA results, we may never be 100% sure.
We'll be waiting for Monday, February 4th in anticipation and we hope we're wrong about the DNA results and that they are conclusive.