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Lost kingdom of Rheged found in Scotland

Posted on Friday, 20 January, 2017 | Comment icon 8 comments

Trusty's Hill in Galloway. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Billy McCrorie
Archaeologists believe that they have located the site of a lost kingdom dating back to the Dark Ages.
The mysterious kingdom of Rheged, which thrived in Britain in the sixth century, was destroyed at the beginning of the seventh, leaving behind very little in the way of archaeological evidence.

Exactly where in Britain Rheged was located has long remained something of a mystery, but now the work of two archaeologists - Ronan Toolis and Christopher Bowles - could be set to change all that.

Back in 2012, an excavation at Trusty's Hill in Galloway, Scotland, revealed tantalising clues of a former royal stronghold. It appeared that sometime around 600 AD the summit had been heavily fortified with timber-laced stone ramparts and other supplementary defenses.

"This is a type of fort that has been recognized in Scotland as a form of high status secular settlement of the early medieval period," said Toolis.

"The evidence makes a compelling case for Galloway being the core of the kingdom of Rheged."

When Rheged was finally destroyed in a fire in the seventh century, the flames are thought to have burned so hot that parts of the ramparts actually melted and fused together.

It was a blaze that may have lasted days or even weeks before finally dying down.

"The deliberate and spectacular destruction of Trusty's Hills is a visceral reminder that the demise of this kingdom in the early seventh century AD came with sword and flame," the authors wrote.

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Tags: Rheged, Dark Ages

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by glorybebe on 20 January, 2017, 13:49
That is an exciting find. Hopefully they will be able to figure out more about the society through more excavation.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Thorvir on 20 January, 2017, 15:39
That is damned cool!
Comment icon #3 Posted by BadChadB33 on 20 January, 2017, 19:57
Awesome find!! Now where's Camelot?
Comment icon #4 Posted by brlesq1 on 21 January, 2017, 6:35
Wow! So cool. Keep digging, guys!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Black Monk on 22 January, 2017, 14:51
Near Chorley in Lancashire, abandoned since 2012.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Black Monk on 22 January, 2017, 17:48
Lister thinks Rimmer comes from the lost kingdom of Smeghead.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Tatetopa on 22 January, 2017, 21:44
There is a little information on Wikipedia, but maybe somewhat out of date. Rheged was part of what the Welsh called Yr Hen Ogledd, the old north. People of Rheged spoke Cumbric it says, a Brithonic language related to Wales. This kingdom was in place when the Saxons arrived. Very cool, thanks for the link. Taliesin may be more famous than his king, Urien, but I thought he was Welsh. Wiki thought there was an intermarriage and a peaceful takeover. The ruins might indicate otherwise.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Eldorado on 1 March, 2017, 18:11
Here's a nice link for you...

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