Dark Ages royal palace discovered in Cornwall – in area closely linked to the legend of King Arthur

  • metta

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    Aug 04, 2016 2:23 AM GMT
    Dark Ages royal palace discovered in Cornwall – in area closely linked to the legend of King Arthur
    Exclusive: Discovery will ignite debate in Arthurian research circles because, in medieval tradition, Arthur was said to have been conceived at Tintagel


    "What the archaeologists have found is of major historical significance – irrespective of the veracity of any Arthurian connection. It’s the first time in Britain that really substantial buildings from the 5th and 6th centuries – the very heart of the Dark Ages – have been found. So far the excavations have revealed massive metre-thick masonry walls, steps and well-made slate flagstone floors."


    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/king-arthur-castle-cornwall-tintagel-dark-ages-palace-camelot-a7168761.html
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    Aug 04, 2016 4:16 AM GMT
    that's awesome & I just started watching Merlin season 5 icon_cool.gif makes the show more interesting icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 05, 2016 4:59 AM GMT
    Awww, I miss those guys....

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    Aug 05, 2016 5:08 AM GMT
    The article is long and not very well edited. Repetitive with a little information spread out.

    In short, the people who lived here, including "probably the King of Dumnonia", traded with north Africa and west Asia as well as Europe.
    They lived comfortable lives, but may have abandoned the site due to the plague.

    Not too much to see, either:

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    Aug 05, 2016 5:59 AM GMT
    mwolverine saidAwww, I miss those guys....

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    It's a great show, love that pic u shared. Yeah, Merlin can get the D.
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    Aug 05, 2016 5:12 PM GMT
    So interesting. So much lost history. If you like that sort of thing, there's a book I recommend highly, called The History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor. All objects in the British Museum. Literally covers the history of the entire world by examining 100 objects. You'll read of incredible things made by sophisticated societies through the millennia, most of which we know nothing about but can infer so much by just looking. Great read.
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    Aug 05, 2016 5:25 PM GMT
    ^
    sounds fascinating icon_smile.gif
  • tazzari

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    Aug 05, 2016 8:10 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidSo interesting. So much lost history. If you like that sort of thing, there's a book I recommend highly, called The History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor. All objects in the British Museum. Literally covers the history of the entire world by examining 100 objects. You'll read of incredible things made by sophisticated societies through the millennia, most of which we know nothing about but can infer so much by just looking. Great read.


    Great book! I read it and then loaned it out - and they kept it!
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    Aug 07, 2016 10:26 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidSo interesting. So much lost history. If you like that sort of thing, there's a book I recommend highly, called The History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor. All objects in the British Museum. Literally covers the history of the entire world by examining 100 objects. You'll read of incredible things made by sophisticated societies through the millennia, most of which we know nothing about but can infer so much by just looking. Great read.

    Also heard him give the same talks on BBC Radio Four a while back.
    A fascinating archaelogical story from Tintagel. The Arthur myth has always intrigued me from first reading of it when a young boy, especially how he was suitably changed from a Dark Age Celtic warlord to a chivalrous king for the Normans.
    I visited Tintagel many years ago. It is a strange and haunted place, full of obscure history.
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    Aug 08, 2016 12:17 AM GMT
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    Aug 08, 2016 2:57 PM GMT
    I regularly visit Tintagel, but it's about 14 years since I last visited the castle (which is on a promontory some way from Tintagel village). I remember reading several references to "Dark Ages" activity at the site:

    "People have lived at Tintagel since at least the late Roman period. Between the 5th and 7th centuries a prosperous community was based there, which traded with the Mediterranean world. ". - English Heritage

    The significance of this new find appears to be the discovery of a more important Dark Age presence (palace?) than was previously thought to have existed there. So, a Dark Ages king may have resided there, but this does not appear to alter the generally accepted view that the Arthurian myth is just that and was created by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the (later) medieval period.

    Still, it's a very picturesque and fascinating place (and with the current low £, a great time for those from overseas to visit).

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    Here's the English Heritage site for Tintagel Castle:

    http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle/history-and-legend/
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    Aug 10, 2016 7:04 AM GMT
    No mention of skeletal human remains? None found?
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    Aug 10, 2016 7:19 AM GMT
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    Aug 10, 2016 2:47 PM GMT
    The blonde guy on Merlin is hot as f***, I may have to stalk him haha, joke.
    Tintagel castle looks awesome, may have to go look before the summer is over, didn't know it was that cool. Will be interesting to see how the excavations go with the site and maybe look at that when its finished.
    Something that is worth a look is The Minac Theatre, its not an archaeological site but was built by a woman on her own over looking the sea, its quite amazing to see, its got real presence and would be good to see something there as it is used as a venue. Its near Lands End which is a total waste of time to see by the way.