A more detailed replica of Richard III’s skull has been created by experts at Loughborough University.
The skull will join the exhibition in Leicester’s Guildhall. The remains were found in a car park in the city last year and confirmed to be those of ‘the last Plantagenet King’ in February.
A 3D printer was used to model the skull, and experts hope to replicate this process to create an entire skeleton.
Professor Russell Harris of Loughborough University said: “We are absolutely delighted with the new skull. It is incredibly more detailed than the previous version, and will be invaluable for future studies.”
The team of scientists used more in-depth data and refined production techniques from the first replica to create a highly accurate depiction of what the King’s skull would have looked like.
It is hoped that the new skull will be used for future research after Richard III’s body is re-interred at Leicester Cathedral.
Leicester City Council recently unveiled plans to open a dedicated museum next to the site where the King’s body was found, and this should be completed by March 2014.