Finally the location of the castle known as the legendary Camelot where King Arthur allegedly held court might have been found by a retired UK professor.
According to Professor Peter Field who is an expert in ancient Arthurian literature, the location where the castle of Camelot used to stand would have been at the site of the ancient Camulodunum fort which is present at Slack, at West Yorkshire, UK. From this castle it would have been easy for King Arthur to deploy his troops to both the coasts of his kingdom for fending off invaders with relative ease. Field who was a teacher at the Bangor University, UK from the year 1964 to 2004 explained to the BBC correspondent that, . “It was quite by chance. I was looking at some maps, and suddenly all the ducks lined up”. He also further added that, “I believe I may have solved a 1,400-year-old mystery.”
Earlier a Bec Crew reasoned for the huge craze surrounding Camelot and King Arthur as, “Despite the fact that the mythological figure has been wildly popular for centuries, no one’s actually been able to prove he existed. But what makes Arthur so intriguing is the way we can tie certain historical places and events to him.”
In the several researches which was conducted previously the places like Cadbury Castle located in England or the Caerleon located in South Wales were the most popular choices as the site of Camelot. But unfortunately no one has been able to provide any archaeological evidence to these assumptions so far. Professor Field conducted his research in a manner which was based on all the forts and castles which were present at that time and then he compared the legend of King Arthur with his research. Professor suggests that the village of Slack located in the center of UK is the best suited site for the location of Camelot.
In the year of 500 AD, the kingdom of UK led by the Britons was invaded by many raiders of Anglo-Saxon origin. Those warriors entered the country from the west as well as the north coasts. It turned out that Slack, which is located in the middle of nowhere, would have proved to be the best location to set up camp and quickly and efficiently direct the troops to protect the nation at both the coasts. Its fact the remoteness of the location was its most important feature.
Also there was another significant fact – the fort of Slack in the ancient times was known as Camulodunum. This added fuel to Fields Hypothesis because any historians are of the opinion that the name of the Slack castle might have changed linguistically to become the famous Camelot. This would also explain the appearance of Camelot in historical literature years after the reign of King Arthur.
As Field clearly stated, “If there was a real King Arthur, he will have lived around 500 AD, although the first mention of him in Camelot is in a French poem from the Champagne region of France from 1180 AD.”
Though Field is confident of his research and hypothesis, he hasn’t yet succeed to find any physical evidence by digging into the castle. However, it is expected that his research would hopefully inspire other archeologists and historians to carry out further studies on this site and also the similar ones. This will provide some real materialistic evidences about the reign of King Arthur and solve the mystery that surrounds this legend.