National Geographic : 1971 May
Was this King Arthur's Camelot? MYSTERY SURROUNDS the exact whereabouts of Arthur's castle; legends set Camelot at various places in England. And, for that mat ter, no one knows who Arthur really was or whether he actually lived. Historians speculate that the ruler was Arturius, a sixth - cen tury warrior, and that his stronghold may have oc cupied a hill near South Cadbury in Somerset, Eng land (top). With a grant from the National Geographic So ciety, Leslie Alcock (right), archeologist of the Univer sity of Wales, and students dig for proof (far right). Discoveries to date: from Arturius's time, the remains of an impressive fort with a "great hall." From earlier ages, flint axes and arrow heads used by Neolithic men 5,000 years ago, half a gold bracelet of the eighth KODACHROMES BY ADAMWOOLFITT(C) N.G .S . or seventh century B.C., Iron Age fortifications that endured 400 years until de stroyed by Roman invaders in the first century A.D., and a gold coin (left) minted in the same century for King Antedrigus of the Cotswold Hills region. Invite your friends to share in such exciting re search work by nominating them for Society member ship on the form below.