British archaeologists conduct research on the so-called Arthur’s Stone. They are designed to help you learn more about the people of Great Britain thousands of years ago. What connects the stone formation in Herefordshire, England with the legendary Celtic ruler of the Britons?
For the first time, archaeologists are excavating around Arthur’s Stone, named after the legendary ruler from the turn of the 5th and 6th centuries, the hero of numerous accounts, literary works and films. The stone is actually a stone formation which is a Neolithic tomb with a population of approx. 5 thousand. years. The research is the result of collaboration between scientists from the University of Manchester and English Heritage, a British charity that protects historic buildings. “Hopefully the excavations at this site will tell us more about the island’s ancient inhabitants,” said excavation director Julian Thomas, professor of archeology at the University of Manchester, to CNN.
Mysterious structures near Arthur’s Stone
So far, researchers have searched the tomb chamber, but have not been able to find anything there. It may have been plundered in the early modern era, archaeologists claim. Thanks to the excavations carried out in the area, they had previously discovered an alley of vertical pillars, leading south, from the tomb to the Golden Valley, located under the hills with a stone structure.
Consisting of a large gable stone, supported by a series of vertical stones, the tomb is surrounded by a mound that was supposed to be the work of human hands. It surrounds the chamber in which the remains of the dead were decomposed.
The ancient monument was created in a period that Professor Thomas describes as very important in the history of Great Britain; At that time, plants and animals were domesticated and tools made of ceramics and polished stone were created. It is also the time when newcomers from continental Europe reached the island. The construction of monuments such as King Arthur’s Stone may have been part of creating new social groups and traditions. “The very act of erecting such a massive structure was undoubtedly important as it attracted people to work, enhancing social solidarity and perhaps also giving prestige to the person or persons in charge of the work,” assessed Thomas.
What connects King Arthur with a tomb
King Arthur is linked with the stone tomb not only by his name, but also by a number of legends. One of the most famous claims that the legendary ruler fought in this place with a giant who died, falling on the top of the tomb and breaking the structure in two. According to another story, the indentation in the tomb is the place where Arthur knelt down to pray.
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