A Long-Lost Dark Age Kingdom has been found in Scotland


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According to archaeological reports, a long lost Kingdom, believed to date back to the Dark Ages has been recently rediscovered in Scotland. Archaeologists firmly believe they have discovered the site of the lost kingdom of Rheged, one of the most elusive of all the sixth-century kingdoms of Dark Age Britain.


Even though great Kingdoms quickly rose and were destroyed in the Dark Ages, and their glorious structure lost to time, the very core of ONE of these long lost kingdoms may have recently been discovered, reports LiveScience.

According to reports, the mysterious Kingdom—known as the Kingdom of Rheged— is believed to have been one of the most elusive of ALL sixth-century kingdoms of Dark Age Britain.

The Kingdom mostly occupied the territory of northern Britain in the sixth century and fell into obscurity after being deliberately destroyed at the beginning of the following century.


A laser scan image of the carved Pictish symbols.
Photo: DGNHAS / CDDV

Interestingly, the kingdom of Rheged is said to have been ruled by King Urien, who appears in Arthurian legends. It is said that King Urien married King Arthur’s sister Morgan le Fay. As their marriage was not a happy one, Morgan desires to take Excalibur kill Urien and Arthur and place herself and her lover Accolon on the throne.

Previously, experts though the kingdom’s remains were located in Cumbria. The truth is that the exact location has remained unknown since medieval times, apparently until now.

In a book titled The Lost Dark Age Kingdom of Rheged by Dr. Bowles and fellow archaeologist, Ronan Toolis they write:

“Trusty’s Hill was likely the royal seat of Rheged, a kingdom that had Galloway as its heartland,” said Dr. Bowles, a Scottish Borders Council archaeologist.

“This was a place of religious, cultural and political innovation whose contribution to culture in Scotland has perhaps not been given due recognition. Yet the influence of Rheged, with Trusty’s Hill at its secular heart … and Urien its most famous king has nevertheless rippled through the history and literature of Scotland and beyond.”

On-site excavations discovered that Trusty’s Hill was in fact a complex type of fort, which dates back to around 600AD. Furthermore, experts concluded that the layout of the settlement is consistent with that of a high-status settlement during that period of history.


Artist’s recreation of what the settlement could have looked like (Guard Archaeology )

The authors added:

“The people living at Trusty’s Hill were not engaged in agriculture themselves”

“Instead, this household’s wealth relied on their control of farming, animal husbandry and the management of local natural resources – minerals and timber – from an estate probably spanning the wider landscape of the Fleet valley and estuary.

“Control was maintained by bonding the people of this land and the districts beyond to the royal household, by gifts, promises of protection and the bounties of raiding and warfare.”


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