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British history buffs will be pleased to know that a handmade model believed to reflect King Richard III's image is to tour the UK over the coming months. The model was created using information gleaned following the discovery of a skeleton in a Leicester car park believed to be that of the Plantagenet King.

The skeleton was found last August buried under a car park adjacent to Greyfriars Church. A member of the Richard III called for further investigation to determine once and for all whether the skeleton was indeed that of a royal. The investigation was recently revealed in a television documentary. The findings eventually determined that the bones were almost certainly that of the King because DNA taken from them matched that of Richard's modern day descendants.

The facial replica was created using an advanced 3D printing technology called 'stereolithography'. Experts then used portraits painted during the king's lifetime to then complete his appearance.

King Richard III's head began its public tour by going on display at the Leicester Guildhall last week where it will stay until the 9th June. It will then move on to the site of the Battle of Bosworth for a month. On July 19th King Richard III will be spotted at the Yorkshire Museum where he will have a lengthier sitting until October. Northampton is the final place outside London to benefit from the tour. The British Museum will showcase the head throughout the spring of 2014 before it finally returns to its home turf of Leicester.

Upon its return to Leicester in April 2014 it will go on permanent display at the planned Richard III visitor centre. The centre will be sited next to the spot where the remains were discovered.

The start of the tour also marks the start of a summer of themed events and activities in Leicester. Among the Richard III diversions are historical tours of the city, Battle of Bosworth weapons and armour and educational talks by archaeologists. It is hoped that the discovery of these important remains will bring new tourists into the city. Local archaeology teams have applied for permission to dig further in the area in a bid to discover yet more important historic artefacts. These may reveal more insight into a fifteenth century world that has been buried underfoot for centuries. More information can be found at www.visitleicester.info/richardIII

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