King Richard III's rediscovered resting place is turning out more mysteries. Excavators finally lifted the heavy lid of a medieval stone coffin found at the site in Leicester, England, only to reveal another lead coffin inside. The "coffin-within-a-coffin" is thought to have been sealed in the 13th or 14th century — more than 100 years before Richard, an infamous English king slain in battle, received his hasty burial in 1485. (LiveScience)
A lead coffin found inside a stone coffin in the ruins of Grey Friars in Leicester is believed to contain a high-status medieval burial. A team lifts the heavy lid of the stone coffin in Leicester. This photo shows the final resting place of King Richard III, found beneath a parking lot in England last year. The remains of what may be King Richard III, showing a curved spine and signs of battle trauma. A new facial reconstruction of King Richard III, based on the bones unearthed beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, show the vilified monarch in a kinder, gentler light. Jo Appleby, a lecturer in Human Bioarchaeology, at University of Leicester, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, who led the exhumation of the remains found during a dig at a Leicester car park, speaks at the university Monday Feb. 4, 2013. Tests have established that a skeleton found , including this skull, are "beyond reasonable doubt" the long lost remains of England's King Richard III, missing for 500 years.(AP Photo/Rui Vieira, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES University of Leicester archeologists are digging in the Leicester City Council parking lot in search of the grave of King Richard III. Inlaid floor tiles unearthed from the Greyfriars church site. Richard III died in battle during the War of the Roses. After his death, he was buried at Greyfriars church in Leicester, but the location was soon lost to history.