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PROOF OF KING ARTHUR'S EXISTENCE??




King Arthur and Tintagel
7-08-98

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Archaeologists Find New Link Between King Arthur and Tintagel

A sixth-century piece of slate inscribed in Latin could more closely link the legendary King Arthur to his reputed birthplace   at Tintagel Castle.

Researchers said they had unearthed a stone bearing a 1,400-year-old inscription resembling the name Arthur at Tintagel,  a windswept ruin that sits on a rocky outcrop in southwest England.

The chief archaeologist for English Heritage, a government-backed conservation agency that manages historic properties and advises on conservation policy, called the artifact ``a find of a lifetime.''

Although there is no evidence linking the stone directly with King Arthur, the slate is proof that the name Arthur existed during the era in which he reputedly lived.

``It proves for the first time that the name existed at that time and that the stone belonged to a person of status,''  he said, adding that the discovery will   ``enhance the strong Arthur legend.''

The slate, which measures 8 by 14 inches, bears the inscription ``ARTOGNOV,'' which is Latin for the British name Arthnou.


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Archaeologists found it July 4 1998.

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The first connection between Arthur and Tintagel Castle was made by a Welsh author in the 12th century.

According to one story, Merlin the Magician disguised Arthur's father to allow him to enter Tintagel and seduce a duke's young wife, Arthur's mother.  In another version, Arthur was found washed ashore by Merlin in a cave below the castle.

Today, the Tintagel area embraces the legendary connection with King Arthur.   A local guidebook notes:  ``Fact hereabouts is tremendously hard to separate from fiction.''



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