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'King Arthur' Can't Reclaim Stonehenge Remains

Self-styled Druid chief loses bid
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2011 1:21 PM CDT
'King Arthur' Can't Reclaim Stonehenge Remains: Judge
Arthur Uther Pendragon, a druid, waits for the sun to rise as he celebrates the Spring Equinox at Stonehenge on March 20, 2009 near Amesbury, Wiltshire, England.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The injustice! King Arthur Uther Pendragon cannot reclaim 5,000-year-old remains that were dug up at Stonehenge, a British judge has ruled. But don’t get too riled up: Pendragon isn’t actually related to the legendary kind of yore, although he is chief of the Loyal Arthurian Warband Druid order. No, he’s just a 57-year-old man who changed his name legally and is concerned that the cremated remains, which Sheffield University researchers have been given the OK to keep until 2015, will never be returned to their rightful resting place, the AP reports.

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He represented himself in court, clad in white druid robes, but he couldn’t convince the judge, who ruled today that Pendragon will not be allowed to pursue his case against Britain's Ministry of Justice. (Read more King Arthur stories.)

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