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Ancient Penwith
Ancient Penwith
The prehistoric landscape of the Land's End peninsula
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West Penwith is the 'toe' at the far southwest end of Cornwall, UK.
It is dense with ancient sites, and this website is all about them.

Here you will find plenty of new insights into Penwith's
rather rich ancient history, going back 6,000 years.

For a one-page site summary, click here.
Where is West Penwith?
Map of Ancient West Penwith: image or on Google Maps

Ancient West Penwith

West Penwith is roughly 16 x 12 km (10 x 8 miles) in size, bounded by sea-cliffs on three sides, and it has about 500 ancient sites, big and small.
Carn Galva from Lanyon Quoit
Carn Galva from Lanyon Quoit
These include neolithic tor enclosures, cliff castles and quoits around 5,700 years old; stone circles, menhirs, cairns and mounds around 4,000 years old; and also carns, fogous, rounds, holy wells, early Christian crosses and churches.

In the bronze age Penwith was well known as a source of tin, gold and copper. It lay at the hub of an ancient Atlantic culture stretching from Portugal to Scandinavia, with its core area lying between Brittany, Ireland and the west coast of Britain.

Penwith was also busy during the iron age and during the age of early medieval Celtic saints.

There was a system to the way Penwith's ancient sites were located and built. They were deliberately built in patterns of alignment with each other, forming a network of ancient sites knitted into an integral system across the peninsula.

What did the ancients know that we don't?  The Ancient Penwith site contains evidence, maps, discoveries and thoughts on their possible significance. Forthcoming research into astronomical orientations, site intervisibility, dating and subtle energy will in due course expand on this - that comes next.

  • For more about Penwith's ancient sites, click here.

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Megalithic Geoengineering

All about the ancient landscape, subtle energy, location and design of megalithic sites.

It adds a new evidential dimension to archaeology, suggesting why ancient sites were built. Perhaps they represent a megalithic geoengineering project aiming to affect the land, climate and fortunes of the people of Penwith.

Prehistoric Penwithians saw their home as a complete, integrated landscape temple - that's one reason it has many ancient sites.

Penwith's prehistory has been researched by antiquarians, geomancers, dowsers and archaeologists for many years. This research draws on their work and adds to it.

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Photos, text & site by Palden Jenkins
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