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Glastonbury Abbey: 'Monks perpetuated myths'

A four-year research project claims to have "rewritten the history of Glastonbury Abbey" after archaeologists at Reading University found the site was occupied 200 years earlier than previously estimated.

Project leader Prof Roberta Gilchrist said its monks perpetuated myths to raise funds after a severe fire in 1184.

The findings also dispute the myth surrounding King Arthur's burial site.

Jon Kay reports.

  • 24 Nov 2015
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