View all 6 updates ›

Museum bones could belong to Alfred the Great or son

The unmarked grave at St Bartholomew's Church Credit: University of Winchester

The bones of King Alfred the Great or his son, Edward the Elder, are believed to have been found in a box stored in a museum - and not buried in an unmarked grave as previously thought.

The exhumed grave Credit: University of Winchester

Archaeologists carried out an exhumation of the grave at St Bartholomew's Church in Winchester, Hampshire, last March in a bid to find the last resting place of the ninth-century king.

A skull from the unmarked grave Credit: University of Winchester

Tests have shown that those remains were not the influential warrior king but further investigations have uncovered a pelvis bone which had been in storage at Winchester City Museum from a previous excavation carried out at the end of the 1990s.

A fragment of spine Credit: University of Winchester

Carbon dating has shown that this bone dates back to 895-1017, which scientists from the University of Winchester believe ties in with the death of the two kings and is unlikely to have come from anyone apart from the father or the son.

More top news