Until two thousand years ago, the sea washed right to the foot of Glastonbury Tor, nearly encircling the cluster of hills. The sea was gradually succeeded by a vast lake. Although a peninsula, the Tor would have looked like an island from most angles of approach: an old Celtic name for Glastonbury is Ynys-witrin, the Island of Glass.Excavations on the Tor have revealed some Neolithic flint tools and Roman artifacts, indicating some use of the Tor since very ancient times. The terracing on the…[…]
As well as being associated to Avalon, King Arthur, The Holy Grail and Christianity, Glastonbury Tor sits on the St. Michael’s Ley, which has a Neolithic provenance, and is known as one of the celtic ‘Perpetual Choirs‘, said to maintain the spiritual integrity of Britain.
The primeval mound (surrounded by water) was a fundamental theme in prehistory, and Glastonbury was surrounded by water until the Somerset flats were drained in the 4th century. The discovery of lake-villages and raised walkways connecting Glastonbury with the landscape illustrates that the hill was considered worthy of attention since prehistoric times.