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Bone fragment 'could be King Alfred or son Edward'

A fragment of pelvis bone unearthed in Winchester in 1999 may belong to Anglo-Saxon King Alfred the Great, or his son Edward the Elder, academics have said.

It was found at a previous dig at Hyde Abbey and has been dated to 895-1017 - the era the king died.

King Alfred is the only English monarch known as 'the Great' , and the centre of a legend where - on the run from a Viking attack - he was put in charge of the cooking, which ended badly.

David Allard reports.

  • 17 Jan 2014
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