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| Menhir Carn Brea (Redruth) |
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|Description ||The lower Rock Farm menhir looking south west|
|From the Oxford Archaeological Guide: England
Location: SW 686407 On a prominent hill 1.5km. SW of Redruth. Acess by track from Carnkie on S side, or by footpath from any of the surrounding villages.
Carn Brae has three summits separated by two saddles. The eastern summit supports a medieval castle while the middle summit has a monument of 1836 to Sir Frances Basset, a local mine owner.
The early settlement lies on the eastern summit, within an enclosure defined by a discontinuous tumbled stone wall and ditch over 320m. in length. This enclosure, constructed of stones and boulders, was used about 3000-3500 BC; it took approximately 30,000 hours' work to build.
The enclosure is joined to, and partly enclosed within, a more extensive set of ramparts, now under bracken. The arrangement forms a less well-delimited ara to the west, with the extreme western end further delimited as if to give special emphasis to the central summit. Perhaps 150-200 people lives here at any one time. Some 35 percent of all flint and stone implements recovered were leaf-shaped arrowheads, a clear sign of the defensive nature of the site. |
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