HEADLINE EDIT: We’re two archaeologists who organized the Tintagel Castle Research Project, Our findings changed our understanding of the Dark Ages in Britain– and might also explain the legend of King Arthur. Ask us anything!
After four centuries of occupation and leadership, the Romans left Britain in 410 AD and the island’s fate was left hanging in the balance. History teaches that in the 5th century, the country descended into a tumultuous and violent period knows as the Dark Ages, leaving the nation vulnerable to invading Angle and Saxon hordes from northern Europe. With a nation divided, great leader known as King Arthur emerged, uniting the lawless lands to fight off invaders – or at least that’s what the fragmentary historical texts suggest. The truth is, no one really knows what happened, and this pivotal moment in history has been shrouded in mystery – until now.
In Secrets of the Dead: King Arthur’s Lost Kingdom, a team of experts use new archaeological discoveries to decode myths from the Dark Ages and piece together a very different story of this turning point in Britain’s history that might also explain the legend of King Arthur.
Answering your questions from u/SecretsPBS today are:
- Jacky Nowakowski: A professional archaeologist, formerly Principal Archaeologist for Cornwall Archaeological Unit, Cornwall Council and now freelance. She has worked in Cornwall for the past 35 years and has worked on projects across the UK and abroad for the past 40 years. Am a prehistorian but has research interests in the post-Roman period. Additionally, she and has lectured and published widely in the UK and abroad. As the Project Director on the Tintagel Castle Research Project (TCARP), Jacky worked for English Heritage Trust and Cornwall Archaeological Unit, Cornwall Council, and directed the excavations. She is currently involved in writing up the results of the dig for publication.
- Win Scutt: A seasoned archaeologist of 45 years and a Properties Curator with English Heritage, the non-profit trust that cares for England’s national monuments. Win is responsible for the conservation of 145 monuments in the West of England, including stone circles, medieval castles and abbeys. Three years ago, he commissioned the Cornwall Archaeological Unit to deliver a five-year Research Project led by Jacky Nowakowski. Following an evaluation excavation in 2016, a major excavation was carried out in 2017 which produced some fabulous results, which are still being analyzed. Before working for English Heritage, Win worked as a lecturer in Archaeology in Plymouth, England for many years, and before that as a museums curator. Win also works with the BBC to provide regular updates on world archaeology news. Follow him here:
- Twitter: @Archaeology_ws
- Facebook: Dem Bones – Archaeology with Win Scutt
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