History and Legend

Tintagel in about AD 700

People have lived at Tintagel since at least the late Roman period. Between the 5th and 7th centuries a prosperous community was based there, which traded with the Mediterranean world.

The reconstruction drawing below shows how Tintagel may have looked in about the year 700, when the island was dotted with buildings. Use the image windows to find out more about each feature.


Tintagel in about AD 700

Use the image windows to find out more about Tintagel in about the year 700.

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    Explore in detail ten key objects found at Tintagel and find out what they tell us about the castle and earlier settlement.

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