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Royal palace discovered in area believed to be birthplace of King Arthur

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« on: August 05, 2016, 11:43:19 pm »




 Ryan Smith (trench supervisor), James Gossip (executive director) and Win Scutt (properties curator) at the dig. Credit: Emily Whitfield-Wicks/Emily Whitfield-Wicks

The team dug four trenches in two previously unexcavated terrace areas of the island settlement and discovered buildings believed to date from the fifth centuries, when Romano-British rulers fought for control of the island against the Anglo-Saxon invaders.

Geophysical surveys of the terraces earlier in the year detected the walls and layers of the buried buildings, and the archaeologists have discovered two rooms around 11 metres long and 4 metres wide.

Tintagel is one of Europe’s most important archaeological sites.

The remains of the castle, built in the 1230s and 1240s by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, brother of Henry III, stand on the site of an early Medieval settlement, where experts believe high-status leaders may have lived and traded with far-off shores, importing exotic goods and trading tin.

Previous excavations have uncovered thousands of pieces of pottery at Tintagel – with the vast majority dating from the fifth to seventh centuries and imported from the Mediterranean.
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