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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:27 AM

After Richard III, archaeologists hope to find grave of Alfred the Great

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/feb/05/richard-iii-archaeologists-alfred-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.

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Reply After Richard III, archaeologists hope to find grave of Alfred the Great (Original post)
xchrom Feb 2013 OP
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #1
xchrom Feb 2013 #2
hughee99 Feb 2013 #7
William769 Feb 2013 #3
eShirl Feb 2013 #4
xchrom Feb 2013 #5
surrealAmerican Feb 2013 #6
xchrom Feb 2013 #8
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2013 #11
hootinholler Feb 2013 #9
whistler162 Feb 2013 #10

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:57 PM

1. I think they want to beat Richard III's current record

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:17 PM

2. Oooh that's nice! Nt

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:47 PM

7. Very nice! I was going to suggest Jesus,

but people are always claiming they found him.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:12 PM

3. kick & recommended.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:27 PM

4. Hell, I've burned cakes and demolished plenty danishes in my day.

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Response to eShirl (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:40 PM

5. i bet you have

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:44 PM

6. kicking, because ...

... I can't remember the last time we had a good King Alfred thread around here.

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:51 PM

8. not nearly often enough, i'll tell you that. nt

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:28 PM

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.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:02 PM

9. I hope they don't find the bat cave n/t

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:10 PM

10. I am waiting for then to find the grave of....

Alfred E. Newman now that would be historic!

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