Elderly mystery woman found buried in coffin near Richard III

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Finding King Richard III's grave was so 2012. We know how he died (in battle), when he died (1485) and, as of 2012, where he was buried (Grey Friars monastery). Old news.

Now we've moved on to more interesting and mysterious things like the wealthy woman's coffin inside of a coffin near where Richard III was buried. We don't know who she is, how she died or if she had a connection to the king. (Video via The University of Leicester)

And we all love a good mystery, right? Researchers found a stone coffin inside a lead casket. And since the woman was buried in a rather elaborate way, and also in a prominent position, she was probably pretty important.

"This coffin's actually right in front of the high order, and so it's probably a very high-status burial," The University of Leicester's Richard Buckley told CNN.

The woman was over 60 years old when she died, and an examination of her bones revealed she had a good diet, never suffering from malnutrition.

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FILE - In this undated file image made available Monday Feb. 4, 2013, by the University of Leicester, England, showing the mortal remains of Britain's King Richard III, found underneath a car park in Leicester after being declared missing for around 500 years. Scientists at the University of Leicester, have carried out scans and according to a new analysis of the medieval king’s skeleton released Friday May 30, 2014, the King's long fabled kinked spine actually had a "well balanced curve" that could have been concealed under clothes or armour, unlike the exaggerated hunchback which Shakespeare depicted as "deformed, unfinished, sent before time into this breathing world, scarce half made up". In reality scientist say his head and neck would have been straight, not tilted to one side, and there was also no evidence that he had a limp. (AP Photo/ University of Leicester)
Embargoed to 0001 Friday May 30 --- In this undated image issued Friday May 30, 2014, by Britain's University of Leicester, showing a series of images of a turning 3-Dimensional model, showing the kink in the spine of Britain's King Richard III, which has been created by scientists. In new analysis of the medieval king’s skeleton released Friday May 30, 2014, scientists who carried out scans of the King's long fabled kinked spine found it had a "well balanced curve" that could have been concealed under clothes or armour, unlike the exaggerated hunchback which Shakespeare depicted as "deformed, unfinished, sent before time into this breathing world, scarce half made up". In reality scientist say his head and neck would have been straight, not tilted to one side, and there was also no evidence that he had a limp. (AP Photo / University of Leicester)
Undated photo made available by the University of Leicester, England, Monday Feb. 4 2013 of the remains found underneath a car park last September at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester, which have been declared Monday "beyond reasonable doubt" to be the long lost remains of England's King Richard III, missing for 500 years. Richard was immortalized in a play by Shakespeare as a hunchbacked usurper who left a trail of bodies — including those of his two young nephews, murdered in the Tower of London — on his way to the throne. (AP Photo/ University of Leicester)
FILE- This is an undated file photo released by the University of Leicester, England, showing a portrait of Britain's King Richard II who's skeletal remains were found underneath a car park in Leicester, England, in September 2012, after being missing for around 500 years. According to research published Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014, in the Nature Communications journal, scientists compared the skeleton’s DNA to predict eye and hair color of the long lost king. However samples from living relatives found no matches, a discovery that could throw the nobility of some royal descendants into question, including Henry V, Henry VI and the entire Tudor royal dynasty. But Kevin Schurer, pro vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester, said England’s current royal family does not claim Richard III as a relative and shouldn’t be worried about the legitimacy of their royal line. (AP Photo/Society Of Antiquities Of London via University of Leicester, FILE)
FILE- This is an undated file photo released Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014, by the University of Leicester, England, showing the scull remains found as part of the skeletal remains found underneath a car park in Leicester, England, in September 2012, which has been declared "beyond reasonable doubt" to be the long lost remains of England's King Richard III, missing for over 500 years. According to research published Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014, in the Nature Communications journal, scientists compared the skeleton’s DNA to samples from living relatives but found no matches, a discovery that could throw the nobility of some royal descendants into question, including Henry V, Henry VI and the entire Tudor royal dynasty. But Kevin Schurer, pro vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester, said England’s current royal family does not claim Richard III as a relative and shouldn’t be worried about the legitimacy of their royal line. (AP Photo/University of Leicester, FILE)
Undated photo made available by the University of Leicester, England, Monday Feb. 4 2013 of remains found underneath a car park last September at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester, which have been declared Monday "beyond reasonable doubt" to be the long lost remains of England's King Richard III, missing for 500 years. Richard was immortalized in a play by Shakespeare as a hunchbacked usurper who left a trail of bodies — including those of his two young nephews, murdered in the Tower of London — on his way to the throne. (AP Photo/ University of Leicester)
Map locates Leicester, England. Scientist find remains of King Richard III
portrait King Richard III, Leicester Cathedral, Leicester, England, UK
Richard III of England (1452-1485) on engraving from 1830. King of England during 1483-1485.
Bosworth Battlefield, near Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK. 18th Aug, 2013. The Wars of the Roses Federation re-enact the 528th Anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth (22nd August 1485) King Richard III watches the battle prior to his defeat when he lost the throne of England to Henry Tudor. He was the last English king to die in Battle. This battle was the last significant battle in the Wars of the Roses a civil war between the houses of York and Lancaster © eye35/Alamy Live News
Guide booklets about King Richard the Third displayed inside Leicester Cathedral.
A stone inside Leicester Cathedral acknowledging that King Richard the Third maybe be buried nearby.
Stone marking the spot where King Richard III fell, Bosworth Field, Leicestershire. Artist: Graham Easby
A portrait of King Richard the Third inside Leicester Cathedral.
A road sign in City Centre, Leicester.
Descendants of Richard III, nephew 16 times removed Michael Ibsen, left, and his brother Jeff Ibsen, right, and niece 18 times removed Wendy Duldig place white roses on a coffin bearing the remains of Richard III outside the Fielding Johnson Building at the University of Leicester in preparation for his reinterment at Leicester Cathedral, Leicester, England, Sunday, March 22, 2015. The remains of King Richard III were discovered in 2012 in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester, 500 years after he was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. Richard III’s casket will lie inside Leicester Cathedral for public viewing for three days until 26 March when he will be reinterred during a service. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Descendants of Richard III, nephew 16 times removed Michael Ibsen, left, and his brother Jeff Ibsen, right, and niece 18 times removed Wendy Duldig place white roses on a coffin bearing the remains of Richard III outside the Fielding Johnson Building at the University of Leicester in preparation for his reinterment at Leicester Cathedral, Leicester, England, Sunday, March 22, 2015. The remains of King Richard III were discovered in 2012 in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester, 500 years after he was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. Richard III’s casket will lie inside Leicester Cathedral for public viewing for three days until 26 March when he will be reinterred during a service. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Dignitaries place white roses on a coffin bearing the remains of Richard III outside the Fielding Johnson Building at the University of Leicester in preparation for his reinterment at Leicester Cathedral, Leicester, England, Sunday, March 22, 2015. The remains of King Richard III were discovered in 2012 in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester, 500 years after he was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. Richard III’s casket will lie inside Leicester Cathedral for public viewing for three days until 26 March when he will be reinterred during a service. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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And the fact it is a woman adds another element. Before, outlets were predicting the very intact stone coffin could belong to a knight or one of the friars themselves.

But nope - woman. A woman who couldn't have been a knight or a friar because these were considered male roles in medieval times.

And the woman wasn't alone. Archaeologists also found three other graves, all containing female skeletons. The Huffington Post reports radiocarbon dating indicates all four women died between 1270 and 1400.

So far, Richard III is the only male skeleton that has been excavated, but the archaeologist who led the dig said there's the potential of finding hundreds more burials.

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