ancient stones

the Hurlers

Cornwall has a wealth of ancient stones and monuments, many of which may be visited because they are by a public right of way or on open access land. The sites of great importance important and, on Bodmin Moor in particular, there are archaeological remains that few parts of Britain can equal.


Here are a few in this area that are easily reached, with links to other websites for more information:

The Hurlers at Minions

Three impressive Bronze Age stone circles at Minions. Craddock Moor was an important area for meeting rituals, there are other monuments here.
The Hurlers Craddock Moor

the Cheesewring The Cheesewring and Stowes Pound

The Cheesewring granite stack is prominent on the side of Stowes Hill, from here look down into the disused granite quarry. On the top of Stowes Hill are two ancient enclosures, thought to date from 3,500 BC. 
Stowes Pound


Rillaton Round Barrow

A Bronze Age bowl barrow; this burial chamber once contained a skeleton lying full length, a bronze grooved ogival dagger and the famous Rillaton Cup, a handled beaker of corrugated sheet gold. The cup and dagger are now in the British Museum but a copy of the cup can be seen in Truro Museum.


the old quarry at MinionsGolddiggings

A disused quarry near Minions, now a wonderful habitat for wildlife.

King Doniert's Stone

St Cleer
Two finely carved stones; Doniert is equated with the Cornish king Dunjarth, British King of Dumnonia
King Doniert's Stone

Trethevy Quoit

St Cleer
A massive neolithic chamber tomb.
Trethevy Quoit

Nine Stones Stone Circle

Bodmin Moor
A small Bronze Age stone circle on East Moor (pictured at the top of this page).

Long Tom

St Cleer
A Cornish cross easily seen from the road near Minions.

Chi Rho Stone

South Hill
In South Hill churchyard, an inscribed stone, 6th-7th century, with traditional lettering Roman and Hiberno-Irish features.



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