TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Bone of legendary king may be in museum

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, 7:15 p.m.
 

LONDON — Researchers said Friday they may have discovered remains of King Alfred the Great, the 9th-century royal remembered for protecting England from the Vikings and educating a largely illiterate nation.

The University of Winchester announced that a pelvis found in a box of bones in the city's museum is likely to be either from the medieval ruler or his son, King Edward the Elder.

Nick Thorpe, head of the university's archaeology department, said he and his colleagues are “extremely excited to have been able to plausibly link this human bone to one of these two crucial figures in English history.”

Alfred's bones are known to have been moved after he died, eventually being deposited at Hyde Abbey in Winchester, southwest of London. But an 18th-century building project turned the site into a jail and a 19th-century antiquary, John Mellor, boasted of having unearthed the king's bones.

After the remains of King Richard III were unearthed in 2012, researchers went to work hunting for Alfred.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. 2nd American journalist beheaded as ISIS jihadist taunts, ‘I’m back, Obama’
  2. U.S. airstrikes target leader of al-Shabab
  3. Russian-backed separatists’ aggression evident in attack
  4. Rights group accuses Islamic State of ‘ethnic cleansing’
  5. Saudis arrest 88 accused of ties to al-Qaida
  6. Obama to reassure NATO on Ukraine
  7. United Kingdom at risk, new poll finds
  8. CDC chief urges heightened response to Ebola outbreak
  9. Attack on Egypt security kills 11
  10. Foes of Pakistani PM labeled as ‘terrorists’ as protests continue
  11. Ukraine rejects Russia’s call for cease-fire, warns of ‘great war’ against Russian aggressor
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.