Skip to comments.Archaeologists might have found bone of England's King Alfred the Great
Posted on 01/18/2014 11:00:40 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Tests have shown that a pelvic bone found in a museum box is likely to have been either that of Alfred - the only English king to have the moniker "Great" - or his son King Edward the Elder.
The bone was found among remains dug up at a medieval abbey in Winchester, southwest England, the capital of Alfred's kingdom.
The remains were initially discovered in an excavation some 15 years ago but were not tested at the time, and were stored in a box at Winchester Museum until archaeologists came upon them after a failed bid to find Alfred elsewhere...
Famed for military victories against ferocious Vikings who had invaded much of the north of the country, Alfred was buried at the Anglo-Saxon cathedral in Winchester but his remains and those of other royals were moved in 1100 by monks, ending up at the newly built Hyde Abbey.
The abbey was dissolved in 1536 and the whereabouts of Alfred's remains and those of other members of his royal family thereafter became unclear.
Prisoners building a jail on the site in 1788 are thought to have come across the royal coffins, pillaged them, ..emptied out the remains and thrown the bones about.
Tucker carried out further research and came upon human remains at the museum which had been discovered in a previous dig near the location of the high altar at Hyde Abbey between 1995 and 1999.
Tests concluded the bone, about a third of a male pelvis, dated to between 895-1017 and belonged to a man aged between 26 and 45.
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...
Does that mean he’s still king?
These brits are digging up a bunch of dead kings lately...
Since both Alfred and his son and heir Edward are supposed to both have lived to the (then) ripe old age of 50 it seems curious that they would think this underage pelvic bone belonged to either of them.
No, but he can vote for Democrats. . .
No, it means they had something better than Viagra for his bone to have lasted this long.
from the hard drive:
Hunt for Alfred’s lost bones
Maev Kennedy, Heritage Correspondent
Tuesday July 20, 1999
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