Archaeologists reveal lost medieval palace beneath prehistoric fortress at Old Sarum | Ancient Origins

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3 DECEMBER, 2014 – APRIL HOLLOWAY

Archaeologists reveal lost medieval palace beneath prehistoric fortress at Old Sarum

The archaeological site of Old Sarum located in Wiltshire, England, has a rich history stretching back at least five thousand years. But it was William the Conqueror’s selection of the site for his royal castle in the 11th century that left the greatest mark on this historic landmark. Now geophysical surveys have revealed that what lies beneath the surface may actually be one of the largest medieval royal palaces ever found, built within the grounds of a vast Iron Age fortress, and hidden beneath fields for more than 700 years.

An aerial photograph of the site of Old Sarum An aerial photograph of the site of Old Sarum. The newly discovered probable royal palace is under the grass in the quadrant opposite the foundations of the…

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