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Palace discovered at King Arthur's birthplace

By T.K. Randall
August 4, 2016 · Comment icon 8 comments

Did King Arthur once walk the halls of this ancient palace ? Image Credit: Charles Ernest Butler
The remains of an impressive sixth-century palace have been unearthed at Tintagel in Cornwall, England.
Situated within the area in which the legendary King Arthur was reputed to have been born, the meter-thick walls of this ancient structure were revealed during recent excavations of the site by archaeologists from the Cornwall Archaeological Unit.

More than 150 fragments of expensive pottery and fine glass were also found there - items that were most likely imported from exotic destinations by the palace's wealthy inhabitants.
One of these - an item of Phocaean red-slip ware - came all the way from Turkey and would have been used to share food among guests during feasting.

"This is the most significant archaeological project at Tintagel since the 1990s," said English Heritage properties curator Win Scutt. "The three-week dig is the first step in a five year research programme to answer some key questions about Tintagel and Cornwall's past."

"The discovery of high-status buildings – potentially a royal palace complex – at Tintagel is transforming our understanding of the site."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by jarjarbinks 8 years ago
That's Tristan and Iseult place too?
Comment icon #2 Posted by South Alabam 8 years ago
That was a pretty good read. Interesting as to waiting for future developments on this.
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
Most legends are born of some true.  The results will be quite interesting.
Comment icon #4 Posted by OverSword 8 years ago
As a Arthurian enthusiast I must say I'm a bit exited about this.  When do they open it to tourists?
Comment icon #5 Posted by third_eye 8 years ago
As soon as they find Morgana's discarded robes ~
Comment icon #6 Posted by Ealdwita 8 years ago
Tristan and Iseult was probably the Continental foundation legend behind that of Arthur.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Nzo 8 years ago
I get dibs on the first pull of excalibur if they find it.
Comment icon #8 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
I'd be more worried about Morgana's spell books.

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