Men-an-Tol | Cornwall

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The Little Barn makes a great base from which to explore the amazing concentration of prehistoric and early Christian monuments in West Penwith the most famous of which are we have included here, but armed with a pair of stout boots and a trusty OS Land Ranger map you will be able to find countless more!

Men-an-Tol © Cornwall Historic Environment Service.Men-an-Tol
An enigmatic Bronze Age monument comprising a circular holed stone and two standing stones. The name is from the Cornish words ‘maen’ meaning ‘stone’ ‘an’ meaning ‘the’ and ‘tol’ meaning ‘hole’. 

The Men-an-Tol is thought to possess healing powers and many visitors pass through the centre of the stone in honour of this tradition.
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Merry Maidens © Cornwall Historic Environment Service.The Merry Maidens
A Bronze Age Stone Circle over 4000 years old. The circle consists of 19 stones and has a diameter of nearly 24m (75ft). The Cornish legend associated with the circle and the nearby standing stones (menhirs), known as The Pipers, is that they were young women dancing and their musicians who were turned to stone for dancing on the Sabbath.
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Boscawen-Un © Cornwall Historic Environment Service.Boscawen-Un
Another magnificent Bronze Age stone circle consists of 19 upright stones, which form the circle, and another stone, which stands slightly south of the circle’s centre. 

The circle, which is elliptical, has diameters of 21.9m and 24.9m.
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Carn Euny © Cornwall Historic Environment Service.Carn Euny
A well preserved Iron Age settlement consisting of courtyard houses, the remains of round houses and an amazing fogou (a cave like underground structure) with a circular corbelled room. 

The village dates from the 1st Century BC, though there is evidence that the site had been settled since the Bronze Age.
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Chysauster Ancient Village © Cornwall Historic Environment Service.Chysauster Ancient Village
Remains of a Romano-British village of courtyard houses, believed to have been constructed and occupied between 100 BC and 400 AD.  The village included eight stone dwellings, arranged in pairs along a street, each with its own garden plot. The houses are oval shaped and around 28m long. Their walls survive to heights of up to 3m. Small chambers lead off from the main courtyards of each house, which served as working and living areas. Remnants of a field system close by attests to the site’s farming connections.
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It can be seen beside the minor road from Madron to Morvah. The three upright stones with a large capstone are the remains of a Neolithic chamber tomb. They were re-erected in the 19th Century after a fall which damaged some of the stones. The capstone now appears to be lower than in the original structure but the sight is impressive nonetheless and affords a great photo opportunity with the distant wheelhouse of Ding Dong Mine on the skyline.
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