Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:27 AM
xchrom (100,261 posts)
After Richard III, archaeologists hope to find grave of Alfred the Great
A statue of Alfred the Great in Winchester, Hampshire. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian
The next great mystery of where a king is buried could be solved as archaeologists try to find the grave of Alfred the Great.
An application has been made to exhume and study bones believed to lie in an unmarked grave at St Bartholomew's church in Winchester, Hampshire, to find out if they are the legendary Saxon king, who is said to have burned the cakes and defeated the Danes.
It is thought the grave may hold the bones of Alfred after a possible earlier burial of the king under the nearby ruined Hyde Abbey was dug up in the 19th century.
The next dig comes after the remains of Richard III were found under a car park in Leicester.
11 replies, 822 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
After Richard III, archaeologists hope to find grave of Alfred the Great (Original post)
Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #6)
Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:28 PM
muriel_volestrangler (70,684 posts)
11. Amazingly, I had reason to bring him up on another political forum yesterday
for a completely valid, but unconnected reason - someone had posted a photo of the same statue (it's in Winchester, which I live near to), and had claimed it was a heathen Viking.