Undated photo made available by the University of Leicester of King Richard III's skull.
Undated photo made available by the University of Leicester, England, February 4 2013, of the skull of King Richard III, found under a car park. Photo by AP
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A picture dated September 12, 2012 shows men dressed as medieval knights in Leicester at the site where a skeleton that researchers believe is Richard III. Photo by AFP

British researchers said on Monday that a skeleton with a cleaved skull and a curved spine entombed under a car park was that of Richard III, solving a 500-year-old mystery about the final resting place of the last English king to die in battle.

Richard, depicted by William Shakespeare as a monstrous tyrant who murdered two princes in the Tower of London, was killed fighting his eventual successor Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth Field in central England in 1485.

A team of archaeologists and historians from the University of Leicester said evidence showed that a skeleton found last year during excavations of a medieval friary under a parking lot in the city was indeed that of Richard.

Richard Buckley, the lead archaeologist on the project, said the remains were Richard's.