Ancient monuments and remains in western Cornwall

The western tip of Cornwall has many ancient monuments and the remains of older habitation.  Tin has been mined in Cornwall for around 4000 years now and was traded with the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans as well as others.  It follows that humans have lived and worked in this part of the world for a long time now and some of the remains are easily seen.


While more recent Chysauster village is surprisingly substantial.  Occupied for a relatively short period around 2000 years ago the remains are quite substantial.  In particular the walls that remain are remarkably thick.  Evidence of rooms both small and large as well as troughs, post holes and similar are clear.  The site is run by English Heritage and worth a visit.


A relatively short distance away is Men an Tol.  The fact that it is an alignment which includes a  “holed” stone in makes it unique.  A fairly short distance away there is a standing stone too however it is in a field of cattle which makes photography less than easy!


Also close by is Lanyon Quoit.  While this is not unique to the area or more globally as a dolmen it is very large.  Even now it is possible for a small adult to stand up under the capstone.