March 02, 2004
La spada nella roccia
The Gothic abbey at Montesiepi was built to honour the memory of Galgano Guidotti, a medieval knight said to have plunged a sword into a stone. New archaeological investigations seek to uncover a chamber beneath the evocative sword-and-stone combination.
By the summer, Garlaschelli hopes to excavate the area around the stone, in search of the knight's body. Indeed, ground penetrating radar analysis revealed the presence of a 6 1/2-foot by 3-foot room beneath the sword. "It could well be Galgano's tomb, [sought] for about 800 years," Garlaschelli said.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 2, 2004 01:03 PM