It is a megalithic funerary monument located in the English county of Herefordshire, in the United Kingdom.
A group of archaeologists from the University of Manchester has begun excavating for the first time once a 5,000-year-old tomb related to the legend of King Arthur, according to a statement published last Friday on the website of the educational institution.
The text indicates that the experts are working with the charity English Heritage to remove the grass in order to “expose and record particularly delicate archaeological remains” in the hope of answering some of the mysteries surrounding the “enigmatic site”.
⛏️Arthur's Stone 👑 Cardiff archaeologists & students have started a dig at a 5,000-year-old tomb linked to King Arthur with @UoMCAHAE hoping to answer some of the mysteries surrounding the enigmatic site in the process. Excited to see what they discover! #archaeology @CUBALab pic.twitter.com/bFOSDBYN93
— @CUHistArchRel (@CUHistArchRel) July 4, 2022
“Arthur’s Stone is one of the most outstanding prehistoric monuments in this country, located in an impressive place, but it is still little known,” explained Julian Thomas, a professor at the University of Manchester. “Our work seeks to restore it to its rightful place in the history of Neolithic Britain,” he added.
Also known as the Herefordshire Tomb, it is a megalithic funerary monument located in England (UK). According to English Heritage, similar constructions have been found in the same area containing incomplete skeletal remains of various people along with pottery and weapon fragments.
“Really rare opportunity”
Today only the large stones of the inner chamber remain, which is set in a mound of earth and stones whose original size and shape remain a mystery. The chamber is made up of nine vertical stones, with a huge angular rock placed on top that is estimated to weigh more than 25 tons.
Like many other prehistoric monuments found in the western England and Wales, this tomb has been associated with King Arthur since before the 13th century. According to the legend, it was in that place where the monarch killed a giant, which left the imprint of its elbows on one of the stones when it fell.
“This is one of the most important Stone Age monuments in the country, and this dig provides a really rare and exciting opportunity for members of the public to come and see archeology in action,” said Ginny Slade, English Heritage Fellow. “Our team of wonderful volunteers will be available to explain the latest findings as they come in,” he concluded.
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