This significant find was announced at a press conference by representatives from the community cultural group Hyde900 and experts from the University of Winchester.
Together they presented the results of rigorous skeletal and radiocarbon dating tests and highlighted supporting historical evidence.
They also revealed the discovery had not been without its twists and turns. Initial investigations into an unmarked grave, that was rumoured to contain the remains of King Alfred, proved fruitless.
However, archaeological evidence came to light that reignited the search.
A BBC documentary, The Search for Alfred the Great, followed the project team throughout. The documentary airs on BBC2 at 9pm on Tuesday 21 January.
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