Map of all known ancient sites and alignments in the Isles of Scilly.
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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.
Yellow alignments are long-distance backbone alignments from West Penwith and upcountry. Orange alignments come from the mainland too, though not quite as important. Violet alignments are Scilly island alignments, and light blue ones are those in Scilly that are parallel or near-parallel to each other.
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.
(linking key sites)
Significant local alignments (based on number & nature of sites)
Stone circle radial alignments (some of them astronomical)
- 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.
- 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.
Quoits (dolmens or cromlechs)
Menhirs (queried or removed)
Hill Camps (hillforts)
Hill Enclosures (sacred)
Cliff Sanctuaries (cliff castles)
Cliff Sanctuaries (possible)
Carns (outcrops & tors)
Wells & Springs
(bronze and iron ages)
Early & Medieval churches
Early & Medieval Crosses
Natural Rocks & Outcrops
Neolithic Long Barrows