Investigating Archaeology and Astronomy at The Hurlers, Cornwall 2013-2018
Issue: Vol 6 No. 1 (2020)
Journal: Journal of Skyscape Archaeology
Two projects - Mapping the Sun and Reading the Hurlers - has shone new light on the multiple stone circle, The Hurlers, on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. In 2013 excavation revealed a stone pavement between the central and northern circles: this inter-circle link had first been discovered in 1938. Work in 2016 discovered a solitary fallen (once standing) stone which lay 100m to the north and was clearly part of the ceremonial complex. Geological studies of the standing stones accompanied by astronomical surveys have prompted new insights into the materiality of this monument, its landscape setting and astronomical significance. Astronomical observations of this major Bronze Age landscape reveals design with significant alignments between key monuments particularly at the equinox and solstice points. Additional astronomical links suggest a number of interesting phenomena which would be experienced at the site particularly surrounding the materiality of the inter-circle link.
Author: Jacky Nowakowski, Carolyn Kennett
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