Archaeologists had been interested in an unmarked grave at St Bartholomew’s in Winchester for years. Many believed that it contained the remains of a 9th-century Saxon king. It was not until the remains of King Richard III were unearthed from a car park in Leicester last February that archaeologists renewed their efforts to obtain approval for excavation of the Winchester burial ground. Expectations were high, as some believed that the Saxon burial ground could contain the ‘holy-grail’ of remains, those of King Alfred the Great. After obtaining approval and moving forward with excavations, however, the team was disappointed to find skeletons...

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