After Richard, hunt for Alfred the GreatBreaking News
tags: archaeology, Richard III, Alfred the Great, Winchester
His remains are believed to lie in an unmarked grave in Winchester and a team is reportedly applying for permission to dig up the spot at St Bartholomew’s Church.
It is thought Alfred’s skeleton could be found among a collection of bones there.
But the job is expected to be much harder than the analysis on Richard III, as finding a living relative to provide a DNA sample would involve searching a much older family tree.
Katie Tucker, an archaeologist from Winchester University, told The Times: “As far as we’re aware there are five skulls plus other bones. The most simple part will be to work out ages, sexes, and put the bones back together....
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