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avebury megalithic complex. henge and stones circles. profane domestic activity made sacred.

avebury megalithic complex. henge and stones circles. dated to around 2500 bce, however recent investigations suggest a much earlier origins for this massive complex in the monumental elaboration of an early neolithic domestic timber house memorialised first by a square

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avebury megalithic complex. henge and stones circles. profane domestic activity made sacred.

avebury megalithic complex. henge and stones circles. dated to around 2500 bce, however recent investigations suggest a much earlier origins for this massive complex in the monumental elaboration of an early neolithic domestic timber house memorialised first by a square

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avebury henge and stone circles. domestic house origins.

avebury henge and stone circles. the henge 420m across contains the largest extant stone circles in europe being 330m in diameter a massive monument created during the 3rd millennium bc. recent geophysical and GPR explorations suggest its origins lie in

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avebury henge and stone circles. domestic house origins.

avebury henge and stone circles. the henge 420m across contains the largest extant stone circles in europe being 330m in diameter a massive monument created during the 3rd millennium bc. recent geophysical and GPR explorations suggest its origins lie in

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alan sorrell’s reconstruction of avebury henge and circles

alan ernest sorrell (11 february 1904 – 21 december 1974) was an english artist and writer best remembered for his archaeological illustrations, sorrell’s postcard stonehenge

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alan sorrell’s reconstruction of avebury henge and circles

alan ernest sorrell (11 february 1904 – 21 december 1974) was an english artist and writer best remembered for his archaeological illustrations, sorrell’s postcard stonehenge

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west kennet avenue. avebury. the sarsen stones

west kennet avenue. avebury. the sarsen stones used average about 3 metres high. they appear to have been selected for their shape; some are long and cylindrical, while others are broad and often triangular in shape. generally, stones of the

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west kennet avenue. avebury. the sarsen stones

west kennet avenue. avebury. the sarsen stones used average about 3 metres high. they appear to have been selected for their shape; some are long and cylindrical, while others are broad and often triangular in shape. generally, stones of the

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significant sarson stones west kennet avenue.

, significant sarson stones west kennet avenue. the anamorphic stone is one of the many significant stones making up the avenue, the processional route from the sanctuary and avebury henge and circles. undoubtably chosen for their shape and surface features

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significant sarson stones west kennet avenue.

, significant sarson stones west kennet avenue. the anamorphic stone is one of the many significant stones making up the avenue, the processional route from the sanctuary and avebury henge and circles. undoubtably chosen for their shape and surface features

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west kennet long barrow.

west kennet long barrow. after the first burials in around 3725-70 BCE it was again reused between 3620 and 3240 BCE as a burial space, receiving both human and animal remains over a period of several centuries. various flint tools

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west kennet long barrow.

west kennet long barrow. after the first burials in around 3725-70 BCE it was again reused between 3620 and 3240 BCE as a burial space, receiving both human and animal remains over a period of several centuries. various flint tools

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west kennet long barrow.

west kennet long barrow. built out of earth, local sarsen megaliths, and oolitic limestone imported from the cotswolds, the long barrow consisted of a sub-rectangular earthen tumulus enclosed by kerb-stones. Its precise date of construction is not known. although the

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west kennet long barrow.

west kennet long barrow. built out of earth, local sarsen megaliths, and oolitic limestone imported from the cotswolds, the long barrow consisted of a sub-rectangular earthen tumulus enclosed by kerb-stones. Its precise date of construction is not known. although the

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avebury henge and stone circle. new finds

View on Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CChof60Hi2T/ avebury henge and stone circle. the henge 420m across contains the largest extant stone circles in europe being 330m in diameter a massive monument created during the 3rd millennium bc. recent geophysical explorations suggest its origins

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avebury henge and stone circle. new finds

View on Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CChof60Hi2T/ avebury henge and stone circle. the henge 420m across contains the largest extant stone circles in europe being 330m in diameter a massive monument created during the 3rd millennium bc. recent geophysical explorations suggest its origins

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stripple stone. circle and henge. bodmin.

stripple stone. circle and henge. bodmin. another extraordinary stone at this unique circlehenge on hawkstor moor bodmin. looking at its internal face with (i think) louden hill and brown willy on its horizon. does its top edge mirror these important prehistoric landscapes. the german word is more descriptive – landshaft – meaning land shape. the notches and creases of the beautifully shaped stone lining up here with the land-shape features both near and far ?-shape-henge-landscape

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stripple stone. circle and henge. bodmin.

stripple stone. circle and henge. bodmin. another extraordinary stone at this unique circlehenge on hawkstor moor bodmin. looking at its internal face with (i think) louden hill and brown willy on its horizon. does its top edge mirror these important prehistoric landscapes. the german word is more descriptive – landshaft – meaning land shape. the notches and creases of the beautifully shaped stone lining up here with the land-shape features both near and far ?-shape-henge-landscape

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stripple stones circle henge. bodmin.

stripple stones circle henge. bodmin. the full story of its restoration can be found here:

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stripple stones circle henge. bodmin.

stripple stones circle henge. bodmin. the full story of its restoration can be found here:

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stripple stones circle henge. bodmin moor.

stripple stones circle henge. bodmin moor. this monument has been described as the only circle-henge in south-west england that has many of unique features. the circle was originally ovoid in plan and measured 46.3m by 43.3m. until recently It consisted of only four upright stones and the remains of nine others, most of which have now been re-erected. their height varies from 1.0m to 2.74m unusually tall for stone circles in other parts of cornwall. there is a large centre stone, now recumbent which would have stood about 2.9m high. the stone circle is surrounded by a low fragmentary bank with an internal ditch, the bank 3.0m to 4.5m wide and up to 0.5m high and with an outer diameter probably in the region of 73m by 70m. it also had with a causewayed entrance, 2.7m wide, on the WSW side leading up to two remarkable shaped stones seen in this shot. like most of the circles on bodmin it most likely relates to nearby sacred hills here to hawks tor. also rough tor can be clearly viewed in the near distance-henge
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stripple stones circle henge. bodmin moor.

stripple stones circle henge. bodmin moor. this monument has been described as the only circle-henge in south-west england that has many of unique features. the circle was originally ovoid in plan and measured 46.3m by 43.3m. until recently It consisted of only four upright stones and the remains of nine others, most of which have now been re-erected. their height varies from 1.0m to 2.74m unusually tall for stone circles in other parts of cornwall. there is a large centre stone, now recumbent which would have stood about 2.9m high. the stone circle is surrounded by a low fragmentary bank with an internal ditch, the bank 3.0m to 4.5m wide and up to 0.5m high and with an outer diameter probably in the region of 73m by 70m. it also had with a causewayed entrance, 2.7m wide, on the WSW side leading up to two remarkable shaped stones seen in this shot. like most of the circles on bodmin it most likely relates to nearby sacred hills here to hawks tor. also rough tor can be clearly viewed in the near distance-henge
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stripple stones circle and henge. bodmin moor.

stripple stones circle and henge. bodmin moor. this unusual monument recently underwent something of a revamp. some of it’s possible thirty plus stones have been unearthed and re-erected in their original positions. until then only four of its stone remained upright. the most interesting are what appear to be it’s entrance stones – two large stones carefully shaped as if to offer a window into the henge-circle. the right hand one is shown here-circle
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stripple stones circle and henge. bodmin moor.

stripple stones circle and henge. bodmin moor. this unusual monument recently underwent something of a revamp. some of it’s possible thirty plus stones have been unearthed and re-erected in their original positions. until then only four of its stone remained upright. the most interesting are what appear to be it’s entrance stones – two large stones carefully shaped as if to offer a window into the henge-circle. the right hand one is shown here-circle
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standing stone trink hill.

  View on Instagram https://instagr.am/p/B_zsP0yHXbr/ a single stone on a hillside of unusual stones, stone carns, barrows and a natural stone feature known locally as the grandmothers stone or twelve o’clock rock. trencrom enclosure can be seen on the horizon

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standing stone trink hill.

  View on Instagram https://instagr.am/p/B_zsP0yHXbr/ a single stone on a hillside of unusual stones, stone carns, barrows and a natural stone feature known locally as the grandmothers stone or twelve o’clock rock. trencrom enclosure can be seen on the horizon

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bryn cello ddu. petrified monolith?

  bryn cello ddu. petrified monolith? an unusual feature of the chamber, is a large free-standing pillar, not tall enough to have supported the roof, cylindrical in shape, and with a rounded top. the markings on the surface strikingly similar

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bryn cello ddu. petrified monolith?

  bryn cello ddu. petrified monolith? an unusual feature of the chamber, is a large free-standing pillar, not tall enough to have supported the roof, cylindrical in shape, and with a rounded top. the markings on the surface strikingly similar

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bryn celli ddu

bryn celli ddu is a late neolithic passage grave in the european atlantic tradition, excavated and partly restored in 1920s (hemp 1930). it comprises an outer circular stone kerb c. 26m diameter, with an inner stone arc, both of which

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bryn celli ddu

bryn celli ddu is a late neolithic passage grave in the european atlantic tradition, excavated and partly restored in 1920s (hemp 1930). it comprises an outer circular stone kerb c. 26m diameter, with an inner stone arc, both of which

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trethevy quoit. portal dolmen burial chamber

trethevy quoit. the monument is a burial chamber of the portal dolmen class, and its surrounding cairn, dating to the neolithic period. it comprises a chamber of large stone slabs, with a massive capstone, set in a low mound. the

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trethevy quoit. portal dolmen burial chamber

trethevy quoit. the monument is a burial chamber of the portal dolmen class, and its surrounding cairn, dating to the neolithic period. it comprises a chamber of large stone slabs, with a massive capstone, set in a low mound. the

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carn wnda. earth fast chambered tomb.

  carn wnda. earth fast chambered tomb. this type of tomb typical in this part of pembroke. the capstone is held fast to the ground on one side with the leading edge lifted up by a prop stone and covers

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carn wnda. earth fast chambered tomb.

  carn wnda. earth fast chambered tomb. this type of tomb typical in this part of pembroke. the capstone is held fast to the ground on one side with the leading edge lifted up by a prop stone and covers

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living megalithic culture in java

living megalithic culture in java. the indonesian archipelago is the host of austronesian megalith cultures both past and present. living megalith cultures can be found on nias, an isolated island off the western coast of north sumatra, the batak people in the interior of north sumatra, on sumba island in east nusa tenggara and also Toraja people from the interior of south Sulawesi. these megalithic cultures remained well into the late 19th century.

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living megalithic culture in java

living megalithic culture in java. the indonesian archipelago is the host of austronesian megalith cultures both past and present. living megalith cultures can be found on nias, an isolated island off the western coast of north sumatra, the batak people in the interior of north sumatra, on sumba island in east nusa tenggara and also Toraja people from the interior of south Sulawesi. these megalithic cultures remained well into the late 19th century.

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tregaseal stone circle

tregaseal stone circle complex the stone circle at tregeseal now stands alone on the gentle slopes of truthwall common to the south of the rocky outcrop carn kenidjack but originally it was part of a ritual complex comprising two and

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tregaseal stone circle

tregaseal stone circle complex the stone circle at tregeseal now stands alone on the gentle slopes of truthwall common to the south of the rocky outcrop carn kenidjack but originally it was part of a ritual complex comprising two and

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chûn quoit

chûn quoit is one of a small group of similar monuments kept largely to penwith, though there are two or three further east in cornwall. also found  in wales, ireland and brittany. such sites are discoed as chambered tombs or portal dolmens,

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chûn quoit

chûn quoit is one of a small group of similar monuments kept largely to penwith, though there are two or three further east in cornwall. also found  in wales, ireland and brittany. such sites are discoed as chambered tombs or portal dolmens,

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pentre ifan. pembrokeshire.

  pentre ifan. pembrokeshire. skeletal remains of a neolithic tomb typical of the type of tomb where our ancestors buried their dead. it is suggested this is bare bones of a burial chamber that would originally have been covered with

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pentre ifan. pembrokeshire.

  pentre ifan. pembrokeshire. skeletal remains of a neolithic tomb typical of the type of tomb where our ancestors buried their dead. it is suggested this is bare bones of a burial chamber that would originally have been covered with

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the mên-an-tol

the men-an-tol monument consists of four stones: one fallen, two uprights, and between these a circular one, 1.3m in diameter, pierced by a hole about half its size in diameter. an old plan of men-an-tol (the stone of the hole)

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the mên-an-tol

the men-an-tol monument consists of four stones: one fallen, two uprights, and between these a circular one, 1.3m in diameter, pierced by a hole about half its size in diameter. an old plan of men-an-tol (the stone of the hole)

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merry maidens stone circle(s)

merry maidens stone circle(s) the merry maidens (sw 4327 2450) is one of the few ‘true’ stone circles in cornwall, being based on a perfect circle; it comprises nineteen stones today but is thought to originally have consisted of just

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merry maidens stone circle(s)

merry maidens stone circle(s) the merry maidens (sw 4327 2450) is one of the few ‘true’ stone circles in cornwall, being based on a perfect circle; it comprises nineteen stones today but is thought to originally have consisted of just

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ur-history – remembrance – surrealist procedures

ur-history – a form of collective remembrance. the basic distinction to be made between the monuments of prehistory and say the monuments of the nineteenth century in any metropolitan city is that unlike the monuments of the recent past the

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ur-history – remembrance – surrealist procedures

ur-history – a form of collective remembrance. the basic distinction to be made between the monuments of prehistory and say the monuments of the nineteenth century in any metropolitan city is that unlike the monuments of the recent past the

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chapel carn brea _neolithic long barrow.

_chapel carn brea _neolithic long barrow or cairn. this unique monument sits on the crest of this last hill on west penwith peninsula or the first on uk’s land mass if you were travelling up from the iberian coastal waters.

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chapel carn brea _neolithic long barrow.

_chapel carn brea _neolithic long barrow or cairn. this unique monument sits on the crest of this last hill on west penwith peninsula or the first on uk’s land mass if you were travelling up from the iberian coastal waters.

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modern archaeology, ancient architecture.

archaeologists have literally walked through history after discovering britain’s oldest pavement. the unique stone pathway was built more than 4,000 years ago and is the only one of its kind in the uk. experts at the site claim the 4ft

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modern archaeology, ancient architecture.

archaeologists have literally walked through history after discovering britain’s oldest pavement. the unique stone pathway was built more than 4,000 years ago and is the only one of its kind in the uk. experts at the site claim the 4ft

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zennor quoit. neolithic chambered tomb.

zennor quoit. neolithic chambered tomb. w borlase the antiquarian drew a plan of the site in the mid-c18 when the capstone was roughly horizontal and the chamber was set into a low stony mound approx 12.8m in diameter. by the time his great-great grandson visited the site in the middle of the c19, the capstone had slipped and the western upright supporting it had snapped.
the site today comprises two chambers set into a low stony mound. the main chamber is trapezoidal with its long axis running off NNE by 75 degrees. the western end is 0.83m wide, reducing to 1.9m. the total length being 3.16m. the capstone now tilted and following the line of the supporting stones is 5.33m by 2.9m and weighs about 9.45 tonnes. it has an antechamber at the eastern end formed by two impressive portal stones.
quoits are among the oldest megalithic architecture on the west penwith peninsula and would have represented a local variation of a tradition which had travelled from the levant up the west coast of spain to brittany, to arrive in cornwall in the late neolithic, around 3300 bce on route to wales, anglesea and ireland

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zennor quoit. neolithic chambered tomb.

zennor quoit. neolithic chambered tomb. w borlase the antiquarian drew a plan of the site in the mid-c18 when the capstone was roughly horizontal and the chamber was set into a low stony mound approx 12.8m in diameter. by the time his great-great grandson visited the site in the middle of the c19, the capstone had slipped and the western upright supporting it had snapped.
the site today comprises two chambers set into a low stony mound. the main chamber is trapezoidal with its long axis running off NNE by 75 degrees. the western end is 0.83m wide, reducing to 1.9m. the total length being 3.16m. the capstone now tilted and following the line of the supporting stones is 5.33m by 2.9m and weighs about 9.45 tonnes. it has an antechamber at the eastern end formed by two impressive portal stones.
quoits are among the oldest megalithic architecture on the west penwith peninsula and would have represented a local variation of a tradition which had travelled from the levant up the west coast of spain to brittany, to arrive in cornwall in the late neolithic, around 3300 bce on route to wales, anglesea and ireland

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neolithic long carn or barrow. chaple carn brea west penwith.

neolithic long carn or barrow. chaple carn brea west penwith. the last high point before the western sea board and the site of much prehistory – heavily populated by a range of neolithic and bronze age long and round barrows entrance graves and carns. it is an important ceremonial site in view of the atlantic with many of its sites unexcavated. comprises an elongated stony mound, oriented NNW to SSE, situated on a crest above a slight southern slope. It is 26m long and varies between 5.0m and 6.0m wide. within this width comprises a flattened mound of small tightly packed stones, which at the northern end broadens to 3.2m. seven earthfast stones occur at irregular intervals by the edge of the flat mound and again towards the perimeter of the mound. these average between 0.1m to 0.3m but one of two leaning stones is 0.9m high. there are at least seventeen displaced blocks or slabs averaging 1.0m long and 0.7m wide on the mound and around its perimeter, but with no obvious sockets to confirm that they are part of a displaced kerb. one of the most interesting features is the way it incorporates a large 15m horizontal outcrop. initially level with the stone mound, this now rises 1.7m above it and at the southern end is 3.0m above the present ground level. along its axis small stones have been packed against and into its crevices. probably important before the carn was built, these outcrops have had their meaning and myths transferred to the barrow to enhance its status and presence in this ceremonial landscape

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neolithic long carn or barrow. chaple carn brea west penwith.

neolithic long carn or barrow. chaple carn brea west penwith. the last high point before the western sea board and the site of much prehistory – heavily populated by a range of neolithic and bronze age long and round barrows entrance graves and carns. it is an important ceremonial site in view of the atlantic with many of its sites unexcavated. comprises an elongated stony mound, oriented NNW to SSE, situated on a crest above a slight southern slope. It is 26m long and varies between 5.0m and 6.0m wide. within this width comprises a flattened mound of small tightly packed stones, which at the northern end broadens to 3.2m. seven earthfast stones occur at irregular intervals by the edge of the flat mound and again towards the perimeter of the mound. these average between 0.1m to 0.3m but one of two leaning stones is 0.9m high. there are at least seventeen displaced blocks or slabs averaging 1.0m long and 0.7m wide on the mound and around its perimeter, but with no obvious sockets to confirm that they are part of a displaced kerb. one of the most interesting features is the way it incorporates a large 15m horizontal outcrop. initially level with the stone mound, this now rises 1.7m above it and at the southern end is 3.0m above the present ground level. along its axis small stones have been packed against and into its crevices. probably important before the carn was built, these outcrops have had their meaning and myths transferred to the barrow to enhance its status and presence in this ceremonial landscape

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tregiffian entrance tomb.

tregiffian entrance tomb. considered part of the scillonian group of ‘entrance graves’ and is one if the earliest of its type in cornwall. It is within 90m of the merry maidens stone circle. It has been suggested along with bants carn as not being primarily sepulchral but rather repositories or chambers connected with land fertility rituals. (ashbee). topographically its position out on the l00m coastal platform of penwith contrasts with that of most other Entrance tombs which lie close to the 125m contour at the junction between the coastal platform and the high moorlands of west oenwith. significantly, the original 17m diameter circular turf mound retained by a megalithic kerb finds close comparison in irish late neolithic passage tombs. while the packing stones inside the kerb are reminiscent of ruined passage tombs at carrowmore. rhe decoration of the jamb stone on the east side of the entrance to the tomb with oval and circular cup marks is paralleled in megalithic tombs in western and northern europe, so one might understand this as a local interpretation of evolving tradition across europe . the barrow and kerb at tregiffian were reconfigured to roughly polygonal form, probably during the early bronze age when two cremation burials in collared food urns were placed in pits within the chamber. the oval cup marks on the entrance blocking stone are unique in cornwall

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tregiffian entrance tomb.

tregiffian entrance tomb. considered part of the scillonian group of ‘entrance graves’ and is one if the earliest of its type in cornwall. It is within 90m of the merry maidens stone circle. It has been suggested along with bants carn as not being primarily sepulchral but rather repositories or chambers connected with land fertility rituals. (ashbee). topographically its position out on the l00m coastal platform of penwith contrasts with that of most other Entrance tombs which lie close to the 125m contour at the junction between the coastal platform and the high moorlands of west oenwith. significantly, the original 17m diameter circular turf mound retained by a megalithic kerb finds close comparison in irish late neolithic passage tombs. while the packing stones inside the kerb are reminiscent of ruined passage tombs at carrowmore. rhe decoration of the jamb stone on the east side of the entrance to the tomb with oval and circular cup marks is paralleled in megalithic tombs in western and northern europe, so one might understand this as a local interpretation of evolving tradition across europe . the barrow and kerb at tregiffian were reconfigured to roughly polygonal form, probably during the early bronze age when two cremation burials in collared food urns were placed in pits within the chamber. the oval cup marks on the entrance blocking stone are unique in cornwall

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trethevy quoit

trethevy quoit is sited on a promontory overlooking the confluence of streams which flow southwards to become the river seaton; the northern skyline is dominated by caradon hill and granite massif of minions moor four large overlapping granite slabs set

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trethevy quoit

trethevy quoit is sited on a promontory overlooking the confluence of streams which flow southwards to become the river seaton; the northern skyline is dominated by caradon hill and granite massif of minions moor four large overlapping granite slabs set

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