Tomb linked to King Arthur is to be dug up after 5,000 years

Tomb linked to King Arthur is to be dug up after 5,000 years undisturbed in an effort to learn more about the magical figure

  •  Arthur’s stone in Herefordshire has marks left on it where Arthur slayed a giant
  •  The prehistoric tomb has never been excavated as its top stone weighs 25 tons
  •  King Arthur fought off 5th Century Saxon invaders and was taught by Merlin 
  • He wielded Excalibur the magical sword and had his Knights of the Round Table
  • Visitors can book to see the tomb being unearthed in the Wye Valley, Wales 

A tomb dating back 5,000 years that has never been excavated before, is set to be dug up. 

According to legend, Arthur’s stone in Herefordshire has marks where King Arthur fell on to his elbows after slaying a giant

The prehistoric monument is formed of nine stones, topped by a stone which weighs 25 tonnes.

English Heritage say that other sites in the same region have contained many skeletons. 

Large stones of the inner burial chamber could be the door to the remains of King Arthur

Ginny Slade of English Heritage said: ‘Arthur’s Stone is one of the country’s most significant Stone Age monuments. This gives a rare and exciting chance for the public to see archaeology in action.’

University of Manchester archaeologists have already begun removing turf on the site that overlooks the Wye Valley,

The same area houses King Arthur’s Cave, a limestone cave that can be found beneath a cliff in Lord’s Wood in The Doward, Wye Valley, Wales,

The historic stones overlook the Golden Valley, Herefordshire and the Wye Valley on the Wales/England border Pictured: The stones on a caught in the sunlight

Arthurs Stone is a neolithic burial chamber that has been linked to King Arthur since before the 13th Century in Dorstone Hill, Golden Valley, Wale

Those who wish to watch the dig are welcome to but do need to book in advance. 

Arthur is thought to have fought off 5th Century Saxon invaders wielding the magical sword of Excalibur.

The impressive stones are also rumored to have inspired C.S Lewis’ novel The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe where Aslan the lion is sacrificed and breaks the stone table.

King Arthur of house Pendragon was a legendary ruler of Camelot and a notable British leader. 

University of Manchester archaeologists welcome visitors to the dig site but they do need to book tickets in advance

The stones which make the tomb date back 5,000 years and have never been excavated before

His castle at Tintagel has been visited by millions who flock to see where the man taught by Merlin the wizard lived, despite being mostly remembered  through folklore, poems and fairytales. 

Arthur has also been associated with the Holy Grail and the Knights of the Round Table, which have been reinterpreted and recreated numerous times.

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