Cornwall’s pyramids

It’s recently been claimed by a TV chef that Cornwall’s chambered tombs, known locally as quoits, were our equivalent to the pyramids. Actually, they were probably built a bit earlier, usually dated to around 3,500 to 2,500BC. (The great age of Egyptian fourth dynasty pyramid building was 2,613-2,494BC.) Chambered tombs are the oldest built element … Continue reading Cornwall’s pyramids

The standing stones of Cornwall

Cornwall is known for its stones, which can conveniently be divided into three main types dating from three different periods. One of the pair of stones known as the Pipers in West Penwith, the tallest stone still standing The first, and most active, period of erecting stones in the landscape was the early bronze age, … Continue reading The standing stones of Cornwall

Carn Brea: sentiment and settlement

Like the Tamar Bridge, or the clay tips of mid-Cornwall, Carn Brea is one those iconic Cornish landmarks. It’s a reminder of home, an unmistakable landscape element standing sentinel over Cornwall’s central mining district. It was that location, at the heart of the most populous and dynamic district of Cornwall in the late 1700s and … Continue reading Carn Brea: sentiment and settlement