Bid made to analyze bones of Alfred the Great

In 2010, the Hyde900 community group was set up to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the founding of Hyde Abbey, the presumed burial place of King Alfred the Great. Now the organization has appled to have the remains of the King analyzed in order to prove their legitimacy.

Alfred was born in Wantage, Oxfordshire, in 849  and was declared King of England. He was first buried in Winchester, but his remains were moved several times. Experts with Hyde900 hope to use carbon dating to show the age of the bones, where they originated, and what the person ate, possibly giving more proof that the remains are really those of Alfred the Great.

The chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester has been given the task of deciding if the remains may be analyzed.