Historians Draw Closer to the Tomb of the Legendary King Arthur

The deceased King Arthur before being taken to the Isle of Avalon

For many decades, researchers have tried to confirm the existence of King Arthur of Camelot, the legendary ruler that was said to have led the defense of Britain against the Saxons in the 5th century AD, and to find his final resting place. After years of speculations, the British researcher and writer Graham Philips believes he is closer than ever before.

According to the legend, King Arthur, after the battle with his enemy Mordred, was transported to the Isle of Avalon. Now, new research suggests that location may lie in a field in Shropshire, England.

Graham Phillips has been researching the life of King Arthur for many years. According to the Daily Mail , Phillips believes he has discovered evidence confirming that the medieval ruler was buried outside the village of Baschurch in Shropshire. In his latest book The Lost Tomb of King Arthur , he suggests that the most probable location of the tomb is outside the village in the old fort, dubbed ”The Berth” or at the site of the former chapel.

Phillips is calling on English Heritage for permission to start archeological works at The Berth, and in the former chapel nearby the Baschurch village. Phillips has already located a pit containing a large piece of metal, which Phillips believes may be remnants of King Arthur’s shield.

Phillips told the Daily Mail :

”In the Oxford University Library there is a poem from the Dark Ages which refers to the kings from Wroxeter who were buried at the Churches of Bassa – and when you think about anywhere in Shropshire that sounds similar, you think of Baschurch. There is a place that matches the description just outside the village, an earthworks known as The Berth, which were two islands in a lake, though obviously the lake has now gone.”

According to Phillip’s previous book, King Arthur lived in the Roman fortress at Wroxeter, a small village in Shropshire. Historical texts state that Arthur was born at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, and later became a famous character of many legends, related to for example his sword – the Excalibur. However, Phillips believes that a lot of the legends about Arthur are wrong, including his place of birth, which Phillips says was Shropshire, and not South West England.

Apart from the sites nearby the Baschurch, Phillips claims that King Arthur could also be buried in a country lane in Birch Grove village . In the 1930s, archeologists discovered part of a gravestone there with the inscription in Latin ”Here Lies…”.

At the same time as Phillips is searching for the grave of Arthur, archeologist Dr Richard Brunning, from South West Heritage, started excavations at Beckery Chapel , near Glastonbury in Somerset. The aim of the work is to accurately date an early Christian chapel. It is hoped that the investigations may shed new light on King Arthur, who is said to have visited this place, and according to the legend had a vision of Mary Magdalene and the baby Jesus there. It is the first time since 1968 that archeologists have investigated the site. Moreover, the place is also famous as a part of the stories related to the Irish saint Bridget, who visited the site in 488 AD. Previous works suggested that before the chapel, a Saxon mastery had been present on the site. The most recent works will allow the precise dating of the monastic cemetery. Source – Ancient Origins

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One Response to Historians Draw Closer to the Tomb of the Legendary King Arthur

  1. alfy says:

    Was there such a person as King Arthur? The answer is “Yes and no.” Yes, there was a Celtic Christian war leader who fought against the pagan Saxon invaders. There are good contemporary written records of this. No, he was not a king, and almost all of the legendary tales attached to him are not true. They are largely a confusion of pre-Christian Celtic religious ideas.
    I visited “The Berth” in Shropshire some years ago, and I found it one of the most difficult hill forts to get at. I am surprised that Phillips says the lake has gone. It forms one side of “The Berth” and is privately owned by a local fishing club. It is fenced off and the steel and wire gate was locked when I was there. I managed to get to “The Berth” from the other side by asking permission from the farmer. It involved crawling under the gap below the big gate, and then walking through his Friesian herd to get to the top of the hill.
    It is quite a small hill fort and does not show many features, except the enclosing ditch and bank. I could not see any entrance gate. I took some photographs and sent the films for processing but it was at the time of a postal strike and I never received the developed prints. Although I have often visited Shropshire since then, but I never returned to “The Berth” because it was too much of an effort for little reward. A proper archaeological excavation would be instructive, but any idea of finding “Arthur’s Tomb” seems highly optimistic.

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