West Penwith Alignments Map - Ancient Penwith | Cornwall

West Penwith, Cornwall
Ancient Penwith
The prehistoric landscape of the Land's End peninsula
Ancient Penwith
Ancient Penwith
The prehistoric landscape of the Land's End Peninsula
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West Penwith Alignments Map

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Map of all known ancient sites and alignments in West Penwith, Cornwall.
To break out of this frame and enlarge the map on your screen, click here.
This map shows all known prehistoric sites of the neolithic, bronze and iron ages, adding all identified alignments that have been found by researchers such as the late John Michell, members of CASPN, Meyn Mamvro contributors, Kenny Price and the compiler of the map, Palden Jenkins.
The map does not show all hut circles, cists or findspots, to avoid clutter. It is in ongoing periodic development and revision.
For a list of alignments in West Penwith, click here. To read more about alignments, click here.
Click on any site or alignment for information about it. For tips on navigation and a map key, see below.
Map researched and compiled by Palden Jenkins.
  • All alignments on this map are accurate to within three metres. Modern satellite maps are now more accurate for this purpose than the printed Ordnance Survey maps were.
  • Mostly, alignments pass through the centre of cairns, enclosures and stone circles, but sometimes they tangent their edge. This pattern is common throughout Britain.
  • Care has been taken not to contrive alignments. To be marked on the map they must be accurate and plausible in terms of types of site, exactness and wider geographical factors.
  • The map is reviewed and revised periodically. It was first created in 2015 and this edition has been done in 2019.
  • To read more about ancient site alignments, click here.

Navigation tips
  • To zoom in, use the wheel on your mouse or double-click on the map - where you place your cursor is where you'll zoom into.
  • Otherwise, centre the map on the area you want by dragging the map, then use the +/- button in the bottom-right of the screen.
  • To get information and links about an ancient site or alignment, click once on the site symbol or the alignment.
  • To get rid of the map legend, click on the three dots to the right of the map title, top left, and click 'collapse map legend'.

Acknowledgements and sources. To Google Maps and their satellite photo suppliers for the maps forming the base of this map. To Heritage Gateway, Pastscape, Cornwall Council interactive map (historical), the Megalithic Portal, The Modern Antiquarian, Grid Reference Finder, Cornish Ancient & Holy Wells Map (Andy Norfolk), the late John Michell and Hamish Miller, Craig Weatherhill, Meyn Mamvro, CASPN, Cheryl Straffon, Ray Cox, Kenny Price, Lynne Speight and other contributors for assistance and information.
Ancient Sites
Stone circles
Quoits
Quoits (dolmens or cromlechs)
Menhirs
Menhirs (existing)
Menhirs (queried or removed)
Stone Rows
Stone Rows
Neolithic Tor Enclosures
Hill Forts
Hill Camps (hillforts)
Hill Enclosures
Cliff Castles
Cliff Sanctuaries (cliff castles)
Prominent Headlands

Fogous
Carns
Carns (outcrops & tors)
Wells and Springs
Wells & Springs
Prehistoric Settlements
(bronze and iron ages)
Early Churches
Early & Medieval churches
Christian Crosses
Early & Medieval Crosses
Holed Stones
Placed Stones
Oriented Stones
Natural Rocks & Outcrops
Chambered Cairns
Cairns Barrows and Tumuli
Neolithic Long Barrows
Neolithic Long Barrows
Possible Sites
Alignments

Backbone alignments
(based on number, location & nature of sites)

Alignments between Penwith, the Scillies and wider Cornwall

Main alignments in Penwith (based on number, location & nature of sites)
Lesser alignments in Penwith

Alignments between Quoits

Scilly and Lamorna plateau alignments

Stone circle radial alignments (some of them astronomical)

National and international alignments

Orientations of
double menhirs
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