Alfred the Great, as imagined in the 1830s, is one of the most famous figures in British history
Alfred was known for his love of education and language so may well have been impressed by the intellectual rigour that has gone into identifying the bones as either his or his son's. But even he might be pushed to come up with an answer as to how they make the final call. Archaeologists need to find a living descendant to test DNA to confirm their theories and that is easier said than done as the king has been dead for over 1000 years and the Anglo Saxon manuscripts aren't the best source for finding royal relatives. But the idea that another of Britain's most famous historic figures has been found, after all these years, brings an excitement and interest that gets even the most cynical hoping for an ending to a centuries' old tale.