UK researchers say they may have found remains of 9th century King Alfred the Great - in a box

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A general view shows St Bartholmew's church in Winchester
A general view shows St Bartholmew's church in Winchester January 17, 2014. In an attempt to find bones belonging to King Alfred the Great or his son Edward the Elder, researchers recently exhumed bones from an unmarked grave in the church grounds, but failed to find any evidence of a link between the bones and the ninth-century monarch. However, the exercise prompted researchers to test other bones, found during an excavation in Hyde Abbey in 1999. This time the researchers found a pelvic bone that could potentially belong to either King Alfred the Great or his son Edward the Elder. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY)

LONDON - Researchers say they may have discovered remains of King Alfred the Great, the 9th-century royal remembered for protecting England from the Vikings and educating an untutored nation.

The University of Winchester said in a statement Friday that a pelvis bone recovered from a box of skeletal remains in the city's museum is likely to be from the leader or a member of his immediate family.

The findings don't definitively answer the riddle of what happened to King Alfred's remains, not least because researchers can't tell whether the bone in question belongs to the king or to his son, King Edward the Elder.

But though DNA evidence is also lacking, outside scholars say there's a good case for the bones belonging to a 9th-century royal.