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Bronze Age 2500 to 800 BC
 
 
Boscawen-ûn   Boscawen-ûn
The stone circle at Boscawen-ûn is considered to be one of Cornwall's most popular prehistoric ceremonial centres as well as one of extreme aesthetic beauty. It lies beneath the southern slopes of Creeg Tol near St Buryan.
 
Boskednan   Boskednan
Boskednan stone circle is situated in an extensive area of moorland to the south-east of Carn Galver, West Penwith. Although it is also known as the Nine Maidens, the circle now comprises eleven stones, two of which are fallen.
 
Craddock Moor   Craddock Moor
Sited in an area of gently sloping rough moorland pasture on Bodmin Moor, the Craddock Moor stone circle consists of sixteen or seventeen stones, all fallen and some broken.
 
Duloe   Duloe
Nestled unobtrusively in the corner of a field beside a Cornish hedge stands Duloe stone circle, the smallest stone circle in Cornwall. The flat ridge top on which it lies is flanked half a mile to either side by deep valleys containing the Looe and West Looe rivers.
 
Fernacre   Fernacre
Fernacre stone circle is sited on a gentle east facing moorland slope, on Bodmin Moor, surrounded by three hills which mark the cardinal points of the compass, giving the impression that this location was very carefully chosen.
 
Men-an-Tol   Men-an-Tol
This iconic and highly photogenic site is one of the best known megalithic structures in Britain. The name ‘Men an Tol’ means simply “holed stone” and despite having been considered a significant and popular monument from a very early date, its true purpose remains a mystery.
 
Merry Maidens   Merry Maidens
The Merry Maidens is one of the few “true” stone circles in Cornwall, being perfectly circular; it comprises nineteen stones today but is thought to originally have consisted of just eighteen.
 
Stannon   Stannon
Stannon stone circle is located at the edge of the rolling expanse of Stannon Moor, just above a river valley which marks the upper limit of modern cultivation.
 
The Hurlers   The Hurlers
On the gentle south-facing slope of Minions Moor, a landscape heavily scarred by mining and quarrying, stand the three great stone circles known as the Hurlers. Folk tales explain that the stones represent local people turned to stone by a humourless deity for playing the game of Hurling on the Sabbath.
 
Tregeseal   Tregeseal
The stone circle at Tregeseal now stands alone on the gentle slopes of Truthwall Common to the south of Carn Kenidjack but originally it was part of a ritual complex comprising two and possibly three circles in a roughly east-west alignment.
 
Trippet Stones   Trippet Stones
The stone circle known as the Trippet Stones is an impressive site in open moorland on the lonely expanses of Manor Common in Blisland on Bodmin Moor.
 
 
 
Stone Circle


Stone circles are probably the most dramatic manifestation of the megalithic culture of the late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age.

Very few are perfectly circular and their function, as expressed in their layout and design and their landscape context, has sparked controversy and debate in recent years.

They are often found in association with other megalithic monuments in 'sacred landscapes' on windswept uplands which may broadly be interpreted as places set aside for the performance of ceremonial and ritual.


 
supported by HLF and compiled by the Historic Environment Service of Cornwall County Council  
last updated: 14/09/2007