Fodder for fable is fuel for the imagination.
I’ve been glued to my local news channel all week. Between Eyjafjallajökull and the lost treasure of the Saxons, I have been a news junkie.
“What Saxon treasure,” you ask? Gasp and guffaw!
Well, last summer while I was investigating Tintagel, Glastonbury,Stonehenge, and my favorite spots in Wales, apparently, someone was doing a bit of treasure hunting a bit to the north in Staffordshire. Had I but known...
It turns out that a man with a metal detector, a dream and some spare time on his hands quite literally stumbled on the largest collection of Saxon gold and silver that Britain has ever seen. There is even a jewel encrusted sword hilt (ooh, visions of Excalibur dance in my head). All of this dates to the Seventh century A.D.
Be still my heart. Just when I was wondering if my plot was going in the right direction, here comes National Geographic to reassure me. Sigh...
With no cable, I must depend on the kindness of others to see the special tonight. So far, I’ve sneaked a peek online, and on the morning news whetting my appetite for the mysteries yet to unfold regarding the gold, garnet, and silver weapons and trinkets found in a farmer’s field.
Check out the National Geographic website~http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
to take a look at this and all the assorted articles that thrill nerds, such as I am.
Scientists figure it will take years to get to the truth of this archaeological treasure trove. I already have some ideas of my own. Anyone else out there interested in guessing about the treasure???
Could this be the fodder for the legend of Arthur’s knights, the roundtable, and Excaliber? So far, I’ve checked out medieval hill forts, ancient Roman/Briton sites, Tintagel, Merlin’s mound, the glass lake area, old abbeys, subterranean caves, and stone circles all around Britain (England, Scotland,and Wales), plus various sites around Ireland. There is not much evidence to support that the stories have no basis.
Remember, somewhere between fact and fiction lies the real stories that help build the myth...and therein lies the magic.