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Winchester town centre looks set to survive floods

The River Itchen has burst its banks. Credit: ITV News/ Richard Pallot

Winchester town centre looks set to survive the floods. River Itchen has burst its banks here but diverting water upstream appears to have saved waterside properties from damage.

Water has been diverted to try and protect riverside properties. Credit: ITV News/ Richard Pallot
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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.

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Remains in Winchester could be King Alfred the Great

The King Alfred statue in Winchester Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Archaeologists searching for the remains of King Alfred the Great think they may have found his pelvis bone.

However, they also think it could belong to his son Edward the Elder.

Last year a team searching for King Alfred was granted permission to exhume the remains of the Unmarked Grave, located in the grounds of St Bartholomew's Church in Winchester.

The excavation and examination of bones was carried out by the Department of Archaeology at the University of Winchester.

At the press conference a short time ago, the team revealed a new piece of evidence that sheds light on this historic mystery.

They believe a pelvis bone they found at Hyde Abbey - not in unmarked grave - is either Alfred the Great or his son Edward the Elder.