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Unmarked Grave Dug up in Hunt for England's King Alfred the Great
CNN ^ | Wed March 27, 2013 | Laura Smith-Spark

Posted on 03/30/2013 5:24:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Archaeologists dug up an unmarked grave in a quiet English churchyard in search of remains of King Alfred the Great, a ninth century monarch credited with fending off the Vikings.

The exhumation was apparently triggered by fears that interest over the recent discovery of the skeleton of Richard III could lead grave robbers to dig the area for his bones.

Alfred the Great is known to generations of schoolchildren through a popular legend that tells of his scolding by a peasant woman for letting her cakes burn while he watched over them.

He was at the time preoccupied with the problem of how to repel the Danes, who had captured swaths of Anglo-Saxon England.

What is thought to be his grave in the churchyard of St. Bartholomew's Church, in the Hyde area of the ancient city of Winchester, was excavated Monday and Tuesday, the Winchester diocese said in an online release.

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TOPICS: History; Local News
KEYWORDS: alfredthegreat; eadgyth; england; godsgravesglyphs; princesseadgyth; royals; unitedkingdom; wessex; worldhistory

1 posted on 03/30/2013 5:24:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 03/30/2013 5:24:54 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Those guys sure dig my ancestors.
3 posted on 03/30/2013 5:45:47 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion

My 32nd and 33rd great grandfather on my mother’s side, and 31st great grandfather on my father’s side. Also he is Mrs. Submareener’s 30th and 34th great grandfather on her father’s side.


4 posted on 03/30/2013 7:36:00 PM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: nickcarraway; SunkenCiv

Alfred The Great is buried in Bernard Cornwall’s backyard in Cape Cod, or should be.


5 posted on 03/30/2013 8:31:43 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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To: nickcarraway; Kenny Bunk; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks nickcarraway and Kenny Bunk.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


6 posted on 03/31/2013 6:27:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: nickcarraway

He thought HE had problems with Vikings. He never met a Muslim.


7 posted on 03/31/2013 9:06:05 AM PDT by ZULU (See: http://gatesofvienna.net/)
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To: SubMareener

34 Great Grandfather to me. I did not look any farther. Then everyone is related to Charlemagne.


8 posted on 03/31/2013 10:48:09 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: ZULU
Charles the Martel “the Hammer” met the muslims and beat them 16 our of 17 times.
9 posted on 03/31/2013 10:49:36 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: SubMareener

How’d you find that out? That genetic testing outfit or family history? I’d like to know my ancestors, but only know my great grandparents.


10 posted on 03/31/2013 10:53:58 AM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

www.ancestry.com


11 posted on 03/31/2013 12:09:15 PM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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