Legend says King Arthur was taken to the Isle of Avalon after he was injured in a battle with his enemy Mordred before disappearing.
But now a historian claims to have found where the great British ruler is buried – in a field in Shropshire.
Graham Phillips, who has been researching the life of King Arthur for years, says he has found evidence that suggests the medieval leader was buried outside the village of Baschurch.
He claims to have narrowed down the king’s tomb to one of two locations – an earthworks just outside the village thought to be an old fort, dubbed ‘The Berth’ and the site of a former chapel.
He is now calling on English Heritage to allow an investigation The Berth, while he is also interested in looking at the site of a former chapel.
Mr Phillips, from Stafford, who explains his theory in his latest book The Lost Tomb of King Arthur, says his investigations follow on from his previous works which say King Arthur lived at the Roman fortress at Wroxeter.
It’s traditionally thought the king led the defence of Britain against Saxon invaders wielding his sword, Excalibur and was born at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall.
Mr Phillips said: ‘From my research he came from Shropshire, not the south-west of England as everybody else says.
‘In the Oxford University Library there is a poem from the Dark Ages which refers to the kings from Wroxeter who were buried at the Churches of Bassa – and when you think about anywhere in Shropshire that sounds similar, you think of Baschurch.
‘There is a place that matches the description just outside the village, an earthworks known as The Berth, which were two islands in a lake, though obviously the lake has now gone.’
Mr Phillips, who describes himself as a historical detective, says although no excavations have taken place, some outline work has found a pit containing a large piece of metal.
He believes this may be King Arthur, buried with his shield, just as monarchs were laid to rest at that time.
He said: ‘At the moment I’m trying to get permission from English Heritage for an archaeological dig, but they don’t often give that because they want to protect the site.
‘With technology moving forward, in the not-so-distant future we may be able to see what is in there without digging.
‘But I believe it is absolutely necessary because otherwise other people might go there and destroy the site.’
Mr Phllips is also keen on another site, a country lane in the village called Birch Grove where evidence of an old chapel was found back in the 1930s.
He added: ‘In some versions of the tale of King Arthur he died on an island, but was brought back to shore for burial.
‘So it is possible and when they found the remains, they found part of a gravestone with Latin writing that appears to translate to ‘Here Lies’.
‘It would be easier to get permission to dig there because it is not protected, so that could take place very soon.’