10th December 2021
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Appropriating King Arthur:
an archaeology of medieval myth fulfilment
For centuries, the
mythological foundations of Britain proved fertile ground for those
seeking political and dynastic stability, various royal families
anchoring legends to particular places through monumental architecture.
Archaeology has tended to
approach mythology from the wrong direction, using excavated
structures and other material remains from sites with legendary
associations in a search for some deeper truth concerning
the origin of folklore.
In reality, it was the
mythology which provided inspiration for specific buildings, like
Tintagel Castle and Glastonbury Abbey, rather than these structural
remains representing, in some way, the residue of genuine events.
It is only by studying the
archaeology of myth-fulfilment, examining how the legends of Britain
were appropriated and made real through monumental buildings, can we
truly hope to understand the grand designs, political foundations and
aspirations of the Medieval state. Mythology provided an
architectural blueprint for power, the nature of which still affects
us to this day.