Unidentified Winchester bones could be exhumed for testing

The recent discovery of the remains of Richard III have led experts to wonder if an unmarked grave in Winchester, England might hold the bones of King Alfred the Great.

Alfred was first buried in Winchester in 899, but his body was moved several times. The last move may have taken place in the 19th century when the bones were moved from the ruins of Hyde Abbey. Now the University of Winchester is seeking permission to exhume the remains buried at St Bartholomew Church for carbon testing.