(*) One specific gravesite is now claimed for King Arthur. Where is it?
Caerleon – found while excavating the wall of the Roman legionary fortress
Glastonbury Abbey – found by monks after a fire burned the Abbey
South Cadbury hill – found in a cave at the foot of the hill where Camelot stood
Tintagel – found by children playing in a small chapel near the top of the promontory
In 1184, a fire destroyed the Glastonbury Abbey. In 1191, monks allegedly found a gravesite of Arthur and Guinevere on the site. A leaden cross was supposedly discovered with the inscription Hic jacet sepultus inclitus rex Arthurus in insula Avalonia (“Here lies interred the famous King Arthur on the Isle of Avalon”). The physical evidence has not survived. Today, a marker in the Abbey indicates the location. Finding the grave may have been a publicity stunt to raise money for rebuilding the Abbey.
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