With a ‘amazing’ 6,000-year-old find, archaeologists have solved the enigma of Arthur’s Stone’s origin.
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have cracked the code on Arthur’s Stone’s mystery beginnings, due to a 6,000-year-old discovery.
The “stone table” in The Chronicles of Narnia was inspired by the famed Neolithic monument. Experts have been baffled by the monument since the massive quartz conglomerate boulders were first built in Herefordshire circa 3,700BC. According to legend, King Arthur fought a giant who, as he fell, left the impression of his elbows on one of the stones.
However, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site has never been directly excavated, so we know very little about how it was erected in the first place.
Excavations slightly to the south of the monument have uncovered a distinct story for the first time.
Arthur’s Stone was formerly part of a much broader ceremonial environment, according to the results, which have yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Experts discovered three comparable burial mounds on the Dorstone hillside in 2013, each with two “halls of the dead” erected around 6,000 years ago.
Arthur’s Stone may have been linked to these, according to archaeologists.
“Each of these three turf mounds had been erected on the footprint of a substantial timber building that had been deliberately burned down,” said Professor Julian Thomas of the University of Manchester.
“In fact, an integrated Neolithic ceremonial landscape is now being exposed as the block of upland between the Golden Valley and the Wye Valley.”
There are other places in the UK that are similar to Arthur’s Stone, although none are as well-known.
“Although Arthur’s Stone is an outstanding Megalithic monument of international significance, its origins had been unknown until now,” Prof Thomas continued.
“It’s thrilling to be able to shed light on this incredible 5,700-year-old tomb, which serves to tell the tale of our origins.”
Experts also claim that, while the site appears to have taken a lot of time and work to create, its design is deceiving.
Instead of stacking these massive stones on top of one another, it’s likely that the ground beneath the primary boulder was scooped out to allow supporting rocks to flow below.
The top was subsequently covered with a long mound of dirt that extended all the way into the field to the south, where the current excavations took place.
King Arthur is claimed to have commanded the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders in the late fifth and sixth centuries, according to Medieval history. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”