King Arthur’s Round Table Possibly Located in Scotland12 September, 2011 at 15:45 | Posted in Culture, Funny things :-), Science | Leave a comment
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Archeologists surveying the King’s Knot landmark near Stirling Castle in Scotland have discovered a circular feature beneath the site that could explain why folklore links the knot with the legendary Round Table where King Arthur gathered his knights.
Known locally as the ‘cup and saucer,’ the knot comprises a stepped octagonal mound with a smaller mound nearby. Both are set inside square parterres as part of the castle’s royal geometrical gardens that were constructed for Charles I in the 17th century.
Together with the Stirling Local History Society (SLHS), archeologists at Glasgow University used remote-sensing geophysics as part of a non-invasive survey to probe the ground down to one meter below the King’s Knot.
They found the remains of a round ditch and other earthworks lying beneath, which are older than the visible earthworks.
“The finds show that the present mound was created on an older site and throws new light on a tradition that King Arthur’s Round Table was located in this vicinity,” said SLHS chairman John Harrison, according to UK newspaper the Telegraph.
“Of course, we cannot say that King Arthur was there, but the feature which surrounds the core of the Knot could explain the stories and beliefs that people held,” he added.