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'King Arthur' fights the law, and the law wins


LONDON (RNS) A self-styled druid who likens himself to a king in ancient Britain has lost his bid to rebury a set of prehistoric human remains at a sacred pagan burial site.

John Timothy Rothwell Ė who changed his name to King Arthur Pendragon in court documents Ė lost his court battle to win custody of the cremated remains from a team of experts at Sheffield University.

Justice Wyn Williams of Londonís High Court threw out Pendragonís claim, ruling Aug. 23 that scientists had not acted unreasonably three years ago when they dug up the remains of more than 40 bodies, which are thought to be more than 5,000 years old.

The forensic experts are now allowed to keep the ashes for study and analysis until 2015. Researchers are expected to rebury them in the same spot where they were found at Englandís prehistoric pagan stone circle at Stonehenge.