King Arthur’s birthplace unearthed on Tintagel, scientists suppose

Last Updated: August 13, 2016
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The archaeologists try to uncover a large palace on the Tintagel peninsula in Cornwall. According to them, it may be a palace, the legendary King Arthur’s birthplace. This excavation is a part of five-year archaeological works of English Heritage, the government agency. 

Scientists have unearthed the structure on the Tintagel peninsula, which can be a birthplace of King Arthur. The archaeologists are working on this site in the frame of a five-year excavation project, funded by the English Heritage. The palace they found likely built in the 6th century, it’s the most substantial structure from the Romans abandoned Britain in 410.

Winn Scutt from the English Heritage said:

It is helping to reveal an intriguing picture of what life was like in a place of such importance in the historically little-known centuries following the collapse of Roman administration in Britain.”

The ground penetrating radar surveys showed the existence of a dozen ancient structures on the Tintagel peninsula. The archaeologists suppose that the main building was a home for king and a royal family, other houses likely housed workman, soldiers and artists.

“The discovery of high-status buildings ― potentially a royal palace complex ― at Tintagel is transforming our understanding of the site,“ added Winn Scutt.

The palace in Tintagel is believed to have been built in the sixth century – around the time that the king may have lived. Researchers have uncovered 3ft thick palace walls and more than 150 fragments of ancient pottery and glass which had been imported from around the world.

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