By Lex, on July 15, 2010
History keeps popping up. First we learn that the hull of an 18th century ship has been unearthed at the World Trade Center, of all places.
In comments we are reminded that British historians believe they have found the site of King Arthur’s round “table,” which apparently was no class of table at all:
Historian Chris Gidlow said Arthur would have reinforced the building’s 40-foot walls to create an imposing and well-fortified base. The king’s regional noblemen would have sat in the central arena’s front row, with lower-ranked subjects in the outer stone benches.
Arthur has been the subject of much historical debate, but many scholars believe him to have been a 5th or 6th century leader. The legend links him to 12 major battles fought over 40 years — and one of his principal victories was said to have been at Chester…
“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,” said Gidlow.
Bet it smelled in there.
(But not as badly as Think Progress’ attempt to manufacture recent history.)