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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Archaeologists find suspected remains of Alfred the Great in Winchester

Archaeologists believe they may have found the remains of Alfred the Great after radiocarbon dating a tell-tale pelvis bone, found in a Victorian pit dig at Winchester’s medieval Hyde Abbey during the 1990s but left in a box at the town’s museum.

Excavated during a community dig at the former monastery between 1995 and 1999, the bones had been damaged by antiquarian activity and considered unremarkable. But new research has shown that they are likely to represent a man aged between 26 and 45, buried between 895 and 1017 AD – matching the profile of the 10th century English ruler or his son and successor, Edward.

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