Excavations at Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, 1990-1999 (Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquar)

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Romantic rock-perched sea-girt Tintagel is a magical place that resonates with Arthurian associations - and the archaeological reality is no less intriguing than the legend. Investigation of the site began in the 1930s, when Dr Ralegh Radford uncovered remains of buildings with significant volumes of eastern Mediterranean and North African pottery of fifth- to seventh-century date, suggesting a western British site of iconic importance in the economy of the late Antique and Byzantine world. The research presented in this book comes from renewed fieldwork carried out at this promontory site over several seasons between April 1990 and July 1999, using modern archaeological techniques, together with previously unpublished work from Radford's private archive, along with that of his architect, J A Wright. This work has demonstrated the complexity and variability of building forms and associated occupation at the site and the wide-ranging connections of Tintagel during the fifth to seventh centuries, as reflected in the extensive ceramic assemblage, while re-examination of the 'Great Ditch' has established that this is the largest promontory or hill-top site of its period. A unique glass assemblage and a stone with a probable imperial inscription to Honorius - later the object of graffiti from three post-Roman personages, Paternus, Coliavus and Artognou - serve as dramatic testimony to the cultural and literary milieu of high-status Dumnonian society in the post-Roman period.

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Rachel Barrowman has worked as a field archaeologist and research assistant since graduating in Medieval Archaeology from University College London in 1990. She has worked with colleagues on several field projects for the Viking and Early Settlement Archaeological Research Project (VESARP) based at Glasgow University, and has recently completed the publication of her own renewed excavation and research into the chapel and burial ground at St Ninian's Isle, Shetland, to be published as a Society of Medieval Archaeology Monograph. She is the director of the Dun +istean Archaeology Project (DEAP) excavations, and of an archaeological project to record and research the chapel-sites of Lewis. Colleen E Batey has excavated extensively on Viking and late Norse sites in northern Scotland, Orkney and Shetland and more recently in Iceland. Since 2002 she has been lecturer in archaeology at the University of Glasgow and Finds Research Manager for the Archaeological Institute of Iceland in Reykjavik. She co-authored the volume The Vikings in Scotland: the archaeological evidence, with James Graham-Campbell, and has written over fifty scholarly articles. Christopher D Morris was professor of archaeology at the University of Glasgow from 1990 to 2006, following posts in Hertfordshire and Durham University. He has published extensively on early medieval archaeology with many journal articles and book chapters, together with three monographs on excavation and survey projects in Orkney and Caithness and two edited volumes on the Norse in the North Atlantic region. He is currently Vice-Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

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the definitive statement on King Arthurs birthplace.' (Andrew Reynolds British Archaeology Review, 2008)

A publication of high scientific standard and great historical significance. It is set to become the primary source for our understanding of Tintagel.' (Michel Bonifay Antiquity, Vol. 82, 2008)

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