natural propped stone. porthmeor beach stives.
west penwith features many propped stones now considered to be of prehistoric origin with celestial orientations. these are thought to emulate natural stone features by prehistoric peoples believing them to be the work of the ancestors claiming domain over the land. this natural formation would at one stage, before the big melt at the end of the ice age, be some 20miles from the from the seas edge before rising sea levels redrew the coastline some 9000 years ago. this stone is of elvin a metamorphic rock baked hard by the magma that brought the local granite to the surface and formed all the rock outcrops and tors that run from dartmoor to the southwest peninsular of cornwall and on to the sillies. elvin was used in stone axe manufacture and although not located explicitly stives was one of the sites for an axe factory in the early neolithic. …
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