Archaeology & History
Palace discovered at King Arthur's birthplace
By T.K. Randall
August 4, 2016 · 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."
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