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Marlborough Mound: 'Merlin's burial place' built in 2400 BC
BBC ^ | May 31, 2011 | Unknown

Posted on 06/01/2011 12:32:30 PM PDT by decimon

A Wiltshire mound where the legendary wizard Merlin was purported to be buried has been found to date back to 2400 BC.

Radiocarbon dating tests were carried out on charcoal samples taken from Marlborough Mound, which lies in Marlborough College's grounds.

The 19m (62ft) high mound had previously mystified historians. Some believed it dated back to about 600 AD.

English Heritage said: "This is a very exciting time for British prehistory."

Dig leader Jim Leary said: "This is an astonishing discovery.

"The Marlborough Mound has been one of the biggest mysteries in the Wessex landscape.

"For centuries people have wondered whether it is Silbury's little sister; and now we have an answer. "

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: archaeoastronomy; godsgravesglyphs; kingarthur; marlboroughmound; megaliths; merlin; silburyhill; wessex; wiltshire
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1 posted on 06/01/2011 12:32:34 PM PDT by decimon
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To: SunkenCiv

Tell tale ping.


2 posted on 06/01/2011 12:33:51 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

I thought old wizards just floated away and became stars.


3 posted on 06/01/2011 12:35:44 PM PDT by edcoil (Democrats doing to America what Reagan did to russia. Driving it to bankrupcy.)
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To: decimon
"This simply does not fit in with the chronologies from all of the currently accepted ancient texts."


4 posted on 06/01/2011 12:36:44 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (A "Moderate Muslim"? Nothing more than a Muslim Extremist who has run out of ammo.)
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To: decimon

now this is synchronicity-i’m in the middle of reading Bullfinch’s Mythology- The Age of Chivalry.

Merlin was a cool dude.


5 posted on 06/01/2011 12:37:18 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (I am keeping the faith, I have not finished my course and I am fighting for the good)
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To: decimon

wiltshire is renowned for it’s finds .


6 posted on 06/01/2011 12:40:36 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (I am keeping the faith, I have not finished my course and I am fighting for the good)
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT
“Do you want me to believe that you're the King of England because some watery tart flung a scimitar at you?”
7 posted on 06/01/2011 12:44:38 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: decimon

8 posted on 06/01/2011 12:49:13 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (One of these days, Alice....one of these days.....POW!! Right in the kisser!!!!)
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT
Merlin (Myrrdhn) was beyond cool. He went to Brittany some time after the onset of the Dark Age (15 years later the climate improved) and replanted the grapes there ~ which included running up what is now the Norman Coast beyond Mt. McWall.

He and others crossed France and went to the headwaters of the Rhone Valley and replanted the grapes there as well.

It's pretty easy to accept that he was a real person since, in fact, the grapes got replanted and due to some serious depopulation in the region it was easy enough for folks from Britain to get around (presumably on horses).

France has a "King Arthur" tradition in the West and in the Center as a consequence.

As far as the other characters are concerned, I think they are composites.

9 posted on 06/01/2011 12:50:54 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: massgopguy

That’s hardly a basis for establishing a government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.


10 posted on 06/01/2011 12:58:55 PM PDT by dangus
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To: muawiyah

Yes, but the Continental Britons (France) also had an “Arthur, King of the Britons,” at the time when the Islandic Britons (England) had crowned the illegitimate John I. Arthur I, Duke of Brittany was the legal heir of Richard the Lion-hearted. And during his reign, the French Knights gathered at a Round Table to liberate the Sancta Caliz (Holy Grail) from the Black Knights (Moors) of Valencia, Spain (Hibernia).

Can’t help but suppose that had something to do with the French legends of King Arthur.


11 posted on 06/01/2011 1:04:35 PM PDT by dangus
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...French legends of King Arthur.

Is the French version where he abuses a chambermaid at an inn?

12 posted on 06/01/2011 1:15:25 PM PDT by decimon
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To: dangus

Also: the French Knights were assembled in Provencal. “Graal” was a word unique to that region, meaning, “dish.” That the Sancta Caliz was a dish, not stemware, would have been quite surprising to the British. (It has since been made into stemware by the addition of a jeweled stem and base.)

Arthur I of Brittany disappeared, mysteriously. His supposed grave is on Avalon.

As punishment for John’s usurpment of the British throne, the Catholic Church placed an interdict on England. Restoring Arthur to the throne would mean that the English could once again receive from the chalice, which, according to Catholic doctrine would bestow eternal life on those who did so worthily.


13 posted on 06/01/2011 1:19:21 PM PDT by dangus
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To: decimon

Not funny.


14 posted on 06/01/2011 1:28:59 PM PDT by dangus
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To: decimon

A bit off topic but... Back when Reggie Jackson was at the height of his game, National Lampoon had a comic called “A New York Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”. Reggie got conked with a flying bottle flung by one of his adoring fans. He woke up in Camelot. Next thing you know he’s teaching Arthur ebonics and how to wear pimp clothes. Meanwhile Merlin’s fuming. You get the gist.


15 posted on 06/01/2011 1:32:20 PM PDT by printhead
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To: decimon

Meh rlin came along 3000 years before King Arthur?


16 posted on 06/01/2011 3:08:05 PM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: Myrddin

Ping!
Shwmae. Dw i heb dy weld ti ers talwn!


17 posted on 06/01/2011 3:15:13 PM PDT by bd476
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To: bd476

Diolch yn fawr! Hwyl!


18 posted on 06/01/2011 3:19:03 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Myrddin

Croeso! Hwyl fawr!


19 posted on 06/01/2011 3:22:25 PM PDT by bd476
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To: bd476

Welsh?


20 posted on 06/01/2011 4:09:06 PM PDT by doberville
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