Standing Stones and Megaliths
is home to many standing stones, dolmens, stone circles and other megaliths.
Their weathered stone, timeless magic and mystery form part of Cornwall's
Most of these stone structures were created during the early Neolithic period around 6000 years ago.
|Dolmen or Quoit
A dolmen is a type of single chamber megalithic tomb, they often consist of three or more upright stones which support a large flat horizontal capstone.
Most Dolmens or Quoits as they are sometimes called date from the Neolithic period (around 4000 BC). At the time of their construction they were covered with earth and smaller stones to form a barrow. Over time the earth and stones get washed or worn away to reveal the stone structure beneath.
A menhir is a large upright standing stone, these can be found singularly or in groups of standing stones. It is as yet unknown what their original purpose was, possibly for religious ceremonies or as markers.
These stones are laid out in a circular or ellipse pattern, stone circles can be many different sizes and it is thought that they were used for ceremonial or religious purposes. They were were constructed during the Neolithic period.