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More than 500 Neolithic and Bronze Age sites have been excavated in the Isles of Scilly. With another 30 or so only accessible at the lowest tides, how many more are permanently submerged? Once a single island (with the exception of Agnes and Annet) did the inundation of Scilly give rise to the legend of Lyonesse?
The Isles of Scilly were formerly one island and many archaeological sites now lie beneath the sea. Excavations have only been possible at the lowest tides and there are certain to be more sites permanently under water (there are more than 500 sites above the high water line). Normally submerged sites that have been excavated include: 10 hut circles, 7 cists and graves, 4 field wall enclosures and 12 other occupational sites and partial exposures in eroding cliffs.
There is a persistent legend that the Lost Land of Lyonesse once stretched from Scilly to Land's End. This realm was said to be the home of Tristan who went on to woo Iseult etc. The capital of Lyonesse was the City of Lions and was built around the hill which is now the treacherous reef of the Seven Stones. One night a huge wave (tsunami?) swept over Lyonesse and only one man escaped. This was Trevilian who galloped ahead of the flood on a white horse and survived to found the Cornish Trevelyan family.
There are many field walls and hut circles to be seen at the lowest tide when it is possible to walk from Samson to Bryher and from Bryher to Tresco. In Roman times, all of the islands were one (variously referred to as Sylina Insula and Siluram Insulam - singular, not plural ie The Scilly Island) with the exception of St Agnes and Annet. This has given rise to the legend that Scilly is a remnant of the Lost Land of Lyonesse. The legend further relates that the rest of Lyonesse lies beneath the sea between Scilly and Lands End and over towards the Lizard. There really is a submerged forest in Mount's Bay and fishermen have reported seeing the tops of houses near the Longships lighthouse. The legend is further related in Cheryl Straffon's excellent guide to Ancient Sites on the Isles of Scilly (Meyn Mamvro). Whatever else may lie beneath the waves, there are the remains of hundreds of shipwrecks awaiting the marine archaeolgist.
|Love the Scillies my Spiritual Home The Land of The Blessed worked there several years in the 60s and tripped on Bants Carn and Innisigen Burial Chambers in the old days was 1 island for sure always been a spiritual place but now icecaps are melting the sea levels are rising take to the high ground remember Atlantis and Noahs Flood keep the faith|
|Tony Roth |
|Similar stories about the Maya in the Yucatan. The faith is kept.|
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|This fantastic pic was only rated '5.74', and I tried to change it to '10', but it only went up to '6.01'.. why should that be? Is it because, once rated, that rate cannot be altered without a false (lower) result appearing?|
|Nope - it's the average rating - of 15 votes the average is now 6.1. If you keep coming back to a pic, once each day, you can up or down its rating if you choose!|
|Very Good. This photo is difficult to take because of the light level. And also if you waited a few more minutes it would be completely dark.|
|Exceptional depth to the cloudscape and the dark exposure, is very good, to enhance the wonderful, neolithic atmosphere of your piece, Thorgrim.
Excellent and informative descriptons (which you sometimes don't get on photos) . I've also given this the maximum points.|
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