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The mysterious origins of the British archaeological site most often associated with the legend of King Arthur have just become even more mysterious.
Archaeologists have discovered the impressive remains of a probable Dark Age royal palace at Tintagel in Cornwall. It is likely that the one-metre thick walls being unearthed are those of the main residence of the 6th century rulers of an ancient south-west British kingdom, known as Dumnonia.
Scholars have long argued about whether King Arthur actually existed or whether he was in reality a legendary character formed through the conflation of a series of separate historical and mythological figures.
But the discovery by English Heritage-funded archaeologists of a probable Dark Age palace at Tintagel will certainly trigger debate in Arthurian studies circles – because, in medieval tradition,
originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: 727Sky
Tintagel doesn't have a central place in the cycle of stories about Arthur, except in the birth story. The original point of the Arthur figure is that he was supposed to be a fighter against the invading Saxons, and Cornwall would not have made a suitable base of operations. It is quite out of the way, at the wrong end of the country.
(I have a book which argues that Camelot was really the location which the Romans called Camulodunum, the modern Colchester)
There may well be a Dark Age site at that location, but it would have belonged to a more local ruler.
In the Arthur stories, Cornwall is assigned to King Mark.
originally posted by: mysterioustranger
a reply to: 727Sky
Search the net anywhere fr the coastal fortress Tintagel for more photos
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This is the base of a mounted strike force.
The exits are downhill, and on the opposite side from the obvious approach.
Some parts are protected by three rings of earthworks, other parts by only one.
Because the occupants of those parts aren't supposed to be in the fort if it is attacked, they should be outside mounted and armed.
This was the military and administrative heart of Arthur's Britain.
This was Camelot
According to the ancient writers, tin and cattle were the main exports, according to the archeologists, wine and olive oil from the mediterranean were the main imports. This trade needed secure distribution centres, fortified sites like Clovelly Dykes, Tintagel and Gwithian were the solution.
This hillfort is on private land - permission should be sought from East Dyke Farm before visiting.