Skip to comments.King Arthur's round table may have been found by archaeologists in Scotland
Posted on 08/26/2011 1:05:30 PM PDT by Palter
Archaeologists searching for King Arthur's round table have found a "circular feature" beneath the historic King's Knot in Stirling.
The King's Knot, a geometrical earthwork in the former royal gardens below Stirling Castle, has been shrouded in mystery for hundreds of years.
Though the Knot as it appears today dates from the 1620s, its flat-topped central mound is thought to be much older.
Writers going back more than six centuries have linked the landmark to the legend of King Arthur.
Archaeologists from Glasgow University, working with the Stirling Local History Society and Stirling Field and Archaeological Society, conducted the first ever non-invasive survey of the site in May and June in a bid to uncover some of its secrets.
Their findings were show there was indeed a round feature on the site that pre-dates the visible earthworks.
Historian John Harrison, chair of the SLHS, who initiated the project, said: "Archaeologists using remote-sensing geophysics, have located remains of a circular ditch and other earth works beneath the King's Knot.
"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."
Stories have been told about the curious geometrical mound for hundreds of years -- including that it was the Round Table where King Arthur gathered his knights.
Around 1375 the Scots poet John Barbour said that "the round table" was south of Stirling Castle, and in 1478 William of Worcester told how "King Arthur kept the Round Table at Stirling Castle".
Sir David Lindsay, the 16th century Scottish writer, added to the legend in 1529 when he said that Stirling Castle was home of the "Chapell-royall, park, and Tabyll Round".
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The King's Knot in the grounds of Stirling Castle
Cue Monty Python-esque music here...
Great! The enchanted forest can’t be far.
It’s not my fault.
Well, it is certainly round.
Very cool! I’ve always loved the King Arthur legends. It’s wonderful to know it isn’t all myth.
Looks like a great place to drink Scotch.
I think I am one of the only people in the world that doesn't like the King Arthur stories, or at least, three of the main characters (the king, the girl, and the best friend - good ol' lance).
Well, I love the tales, even though some of the characters acted in ways that were less than noble.
I saw Camelot on Broadway in 1962..Awesome!!
I remember reading a long time ago that there's a belief that the whole "Sword from the Stone" thing was actually based on the discovery of how to create iron from iron ore.
that actually makes a bit of sense. a lot of legends are just flowery ways of telling real-life acts.
as for those quotes from the 1400-1500’s literature, they are most likely wannabes trying to steal some glory. The Arthur legend dates back to pre-1000 AD I think. every castle in Britain has been claimed as Camelot over the last 1000 years.
Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.
If I went ‘round saying I was an emperor, just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away!
Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help!
Help! I’m being repressed!
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Thanks Palter.In his book, Dando-Collins connects Mons Graupius with the disappearance of the 9th after it was later posted to Carlisle.Unfortunately, the 9th Legion never had any such disappearence, other than at the end of the Roman Empire. :') "Eagle of the Ninth" and the related books by the same author (I forget her name) are fun reads for the young though.
... Which naturally begs the question: Where isn't a great place to drink Scotch? : )
what a giveaway
The correct and true story is that in the pre-pre-past the real “Arthur” was given the knowledge, the ART, of metallurgy in one of those (everybody knows that a woman in water is really just a metaphor for aliens in space) vision things (see Ezekiel) and learned how to produce metals from ore. Draw the sword from the stone.
All that other is just theater.
The theater part started when the Picts came up with the idea of the Pict-o-gram and it just morphed from there and it is just our lot now to be stuck with James Cameron...
Wikipedia says late 400's AD to early 500's AD. Not many records survived from that time. And you are right, just about every Castle, Tower and Manor Home in England and Scotland has made Arthurian claims. As has one of my surname ancestors old lost holdings in Scotland. Do not take much stock in those claims though. There is even stuff that predates Arthurian claims that is just as interesting. Old Pictish holdings and lots a strange stoneworks. Back during the last major Ice Age, the Island was connected to the European mainland and represented the ancient European coastline.
May I have some more swill, please?
The King and the Duke walk into a restaurant.
The Maitre d’ asks, “Do you have Reservations?”
King says, “Yes. But when you’re as hungry as we are, you throw caution to the wind.”
It’s good to be the King.
Unless you have the poor judgement to marry a wookie.
It´s where the ancient skywheel sat when it was here. I can still see Klatu´s ramp.
Did you ever read Howard Pyle’s King Arthur books? Beautiful illustrations too. They are the only K.A. books I ever read. I think there are four altogether.
No, I haven’t read them. Thanks for the suggestion. I have a few other books I’ve been planning on ordering from Amazon, & I’ll have to check them out. You might want to try “The Once & Future King” by T.H. White - a very enjoyable novel about King Arthur.
I read that as an adolescent, too - that’s where I read:
“Everything Not Forbidden Is Mandatory”!
I always wanted to live in King Arthur’s days, not in modern times.
The oath of the knights of the Round Table:
"And this was the covenant of their Knighthood of the Round Table: That they would be gentle unto the weak; that they would be courageous unto the strong; that they would be terrible unto the wicked and the evil-doer that they would defend the helpless who should call upon them for aid; that all women should be held unto them sacred; that they would stand unto the defence of one another whensoever such defence should be required; that they would be merciful unto all men; that they would be gentle of deed, true in friendship, and faithful in love. This was their covenant, and unto it each knight sware upon the cross of his sword, and in witness thereof did kiss the hilt thereof."
Reasons exist to believe that if Arthur existed, he hailed from in or near Wales, not Scotland.
I read them long ago. Did you know Howard Pyle was considered to be "the father of American illustration?"
Hey Sarge, over ‘ere!
Well, at least the legend is not about a strange woman holding a world leader's cigars for him.
It looks like a thing (thingvellir).
“The oath of the knights of the Round Table.”
Wonderful! Maybe we should make that the Oath of Free Republic - especially the ‘terrible unto the wicked’ part. :-)
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