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« on: August 28, 2011, 12:17:54 am »


King Arthur's round table may have been found by archaeologists in Scotland



Archaeologists searching for King Arthur's round table have found a "circular feature" beneath the historic King's Knot in Stirling.
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9:25AM BST 26 Aug 2011

The King's Knot, a geometrical earthwork in the former royal gardens below Stirling Castle, has been shrouded in mystery for hundreds of years.

Though the Knot as it appears today dates from the 1620s, its flat-topped central mound is thought to be much older.

Writers going back more than six centuries have linked the landmark to the legend of King Arthur.

Archaeologists from Glasgow University, working with the Stirling Local History Society and Stirling Field and Archaeological Society, conducted the first ever non-invasive survey of the site in May and June in a bid to uncover some of its secrets.

Their findings were show there was indeed a round feature on the site that pre-dates the visible earthworks.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8724183/King-Arthurs-round-table-may-have-been-found-by-archaeologists-in-Scotland.html
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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2011, 12:40:03 am »


King Arthur: the legendary figure and knights of his round table

Historians claim to have finally located the site of King Arthurís Round Table. But who was King Arthur and why has he become such a prominent figure of English folklaw?




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11:58AM BST 26 Aug 2011

King Arthur

Nobody knows if Arthur was real or not but has been associated with a man named Riothamus who existed in post-Roman Britain in the 5th century AD, and who may also have been called Arturius.

Other academics believe he was simply a character in poetry. The poems 'Historia Brittonum' 'Y Gododdin' and 'Annales Cambrie' which date from around 800AD all Menton a hero named Arthur.

But other authors believe he did exist. William of Malmesbury in 'Gesta regum Anglorum' (c. 1125) wrote "This the Arthur about whom the foolish tales of the Britons rave even today; one who is clearly worthy to be told about in truthful histories rather than to be dreamed about in deceitful fables, since for a long time he sustained his ailing nation, and sharpened the unbroken minds of his people to war."

But the story of King Arthur we know it dates from the medieval period when he began to be written about widely.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8724274/King-Arthur-the-legendary-figure-and-knights-of-his-round-table.html
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