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Was the marshland of Flag Fen the location of King Arthur’s Excalibur legend. Source: YouTube Screenshot / Smithsonian Channel.

This Marsh May Be Where King Arthur Found Excalibur (Video)

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In the marshland of Flag Fen, situated in eastern England, a treasure trove of ancient artifacts has emerged from the murky depths. Among these finds, thousands of oak timbers, remnants of a pier or walkway constructed some 3,000 years ago, have been unearthed. This marshland served as a sacred site where ancient people made offerings to the water gods, casting swords and various objects into the watery abyss. The act of sacrificing weapons to appease these water deities was a tradition rooted in the belief that water, while the source of life, could also unleash unpredictable and destructive forces.

Remarkably, this custom persisted for over fifteen centuries, from prehistoric times to the early A.D. years. While we may never definitively link any of these swords to the legendary Excalibur, it's tantalizing to speculate that one such blade might have been retrieved from the waters by a leader who inspired the King Arthur legend. With Excalibur in hand, Arthur, the fabled king, is said to have wielded unparalleled power on the battlefield, rendering him nearly invincible. The story of Flag Fen and its offerings to the water gods adds an intriguing layer to the mysterious origins of the Excalibur tale.

Top image: Was the marshland of Flag Fen the location of King Arthur’s Excalibur legend. Source: YouTube Screenshot / Smithsonian Channel.

By Robbie Mitchell

 
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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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