Diocese of Winchester gives green light for research on bones believed to be of King Alfred (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Diocese of Winchester gives green light for research on bones believed to be of King Alfred
10:25am Friday 9th August 2013 in News
A GROUP of Winchester residents have been granted permission to examine bones believed to be those of King Alfred the Great.
The Hyde900 community group, who applied for permission earlier this week, was given the green light by the Diocese of Winchester yesterday (Aug 8).
It means the group can get carbon dating, isotope analysis and DNA testing to determine whether the remains, removed from a Winchester church in March, really are the Saxon monarch.
A diocese spokesman said: “Hyde900 will now have the responsibility to manage any scientific investigations, complying fully with any conditions set out by the Chancellor. The remains will stay in the care of the Church and the Consistory Court until they are reinterred.”
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