British archaeologists find the King's Table

The Australian reports that sections of the King's Table, an elaborately-carved stone table used for English coronation feasts and state banquets as far back as the 13th century, have been found under the floor of the Palace of Westminster.

The table, smashed by Cromwell to as a symbol of the end of the monarchy, is "the iconic symbol of royal power," according to Phil Emery, a consultant archaeological engineer. "People often ask us what's the most exciting thing we've found. At last I have the unequivocal answer. It doesn't get more significant than this."

For more on this exciting find, see the July/August 2006 issue of British Archaeology.