Based on excavations at Tintagel in the 1990s and 1930s, researchers think the headland was the site of a densely populated political or mercantile settlement, which may have included a royal residence of the kings of Dumnonia — a native British kingdom in Cornwall from the 5th to 7th centuries. But, no accurate dates have been made of the remains of the more than 100 buildings buried at the site, and the function of the site remains uncertain. [Read full story about the excavations at Tintagel]
English Heritage, a trust that manages more than 400 historic and monumental sites in England, has contracted archaeologists and other scientific specialists from the Cornwall Archaeology Unit at Truro to carry out the dig.
This image shows Ryan Smith from the Cornwall Archaeology Unit excavating a stone wall at the site.
By the sea
Cornwall is rich in minerals such as tin, lead and silver, and there are indications that some locations on the Tintagel headland may have been used for metalworking, Scutt said.
Tales at Tintagel
This photograph shows archaeologist Ryan Smith (left), dig executive director James Gossip, and English Heritage curator Win Scutt (right) at the dig site at Tintagel, on the Cornish coast.
Other finds include fragments of a large number of storage jars called amphorae from Greece and Turkey that once held olive oil or wine.
This sherd of glass is from of a cone-shaped cup made in Merovingian France around 550 A.D.
Real or not?
An inscription on a stone found at Tintagel in the 1990s names a man named "Artognou," but most researchers now think the inscription refers to someone else, and not the probably mythical British king, in spite of the partial similarity of the names.