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Boscawen-Un

Stone Circle, Cornwall


Photo Tom Bullock

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boscawen-un2.jpg (10961 bytes)The focus of fascination with this evocative circle is certainly the pillar located in the centre. Although it is a full 2.5m (8 feet) in length, it leans at such an angle that its tip is only 1.9m (6 feet 2 inches) above the ground. Excavation has revealed evidence that it was installed in the leaning position. The large circle is actually an oval 25m (82 feet) SE-NW by 22.3 (73 feet). The nineteen stones are rather evenly spaced, and the wide gap at the west suggests an astronomical alignment similar to the nearby Merry Maidens. The stones vary from 0.9m (3 feet) to 1.5m (5 feet) in height, with the smooth sides facing the interior of the ring. During the summer months, the circle is nearly concealed by high bracken.

boscawenant.jpg (37361 bytes)Below, right: An ant that had climbed to the very tip of the oblique center stone, at least an 8 foot journey.  He's got high hopes.


Access: A few hundred metres south of the A30, 1.5km north of St Buryan.
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Rating: General Impression 4, Ambience 5, Access 4

Images on this page are Tom Bullock (top) and Scott Monahan (bottom two)


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