We've all heard the legend of King Arthur and his great Round Table. His knights would gather around the table before battle and receive orders from their King. Well, researchers have ruined that awesome legend for us, just like our parents destroyed Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
Archaeologists recently discovered a Roman amphitheater in the British town of Chester. Researchers think the amphitheater, and not some giant piece of furniture, was the legendary Round Table.
Camelot historian Chris Gidlow told London's The DailyTelegraph, “The first accounts of the Round Table show that it was nothing like a dining table but was a venue for upwards of 1,000 people at a time."
Researchers believe this is where Arthur's stronghold of Camelot was built. They don't think Arthur built a castle: rather, he just repurposed an old structure left over by the Romans.
“We know that one of Arthur’s two main battles was fought at a town referred to as the City of Legions," Gidlow said. "There were only two places with this title. One was St. Albans but the location of the other has remained a mystery.”
The discovery of the amphitheater with an execution stone and wooden memorial to Christian martyrs has led researchers to conclude that the other location is Chester.
Gidlow said, “In the 6th Century, a monk named Gildas, who wrote the earliest account of Arthur’s life, referred to both the City of Legions and to a martyr’s shrine within it. That is the clincher. The discovery of the shrine within the amphitheater means that Chester was the site of Arthur’s court and his legendary Round Table.”