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Search For Alfred The Great Intensifies After The Discovery Of King Richard III's Remains

WINCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: A general view of a statue of Alfred The Great on February 6, 2013 in Winchester, England. King Alfred lived from 849 AD to 899 AD and is the only English monarch to be afforded the title The Great. Following the recent discovery of Richard III's remains, archaeologists trying to locate Alfred the Great have applied to exhume bones from an unmarked grave at St Bartholomew Church. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Will Alfred the Great's grave be found?

After exhuming King Richard III's skeleton from a car park in Leicester, scientists are now turning their attention to an even earlier king - Alfred the Great. A team of archaeologists and researchers are applying for permission to dig up the unmarked grave where the bones of the Anglo-Saxon king, who ruled from 871 until 899, are thought to lie. The Rev Canon Cliff Bannister, the Rector of St Bartholomew's, where the bones are thought to be buried, as well as the archaeologists and the researchers, feel they have evidence that the bones could be those of Alfred, who is the only English monarch to be accorded the epithet "the Great".