The ancient sites of West Penwith in Cornwall
and what they tell us about megalithic civilisation
Tregeseal stone circle with Carn Kenidjack behind
Shining Land is a book about the magical district of West Penwith in the far west of Cornwall, UK - right at the end.
It’s about megalithic civilisation and the reasons why the people of the neolithic and bronze ages built stone circles, standing stones, quoits, cairns and other sacred sites. Penwith has a greater density of these than anywhere in Europe.
The book proposes that the ancients engaged in megalithic geoengineering of consciousness – a magical and spiritual approach to regulating the ecosystem, climate and human society. It shows how this was done.
Shining Land will thus be of interest to anyone who loves Cornwall and anyone who is interested in the ancient sites of the megalithic period, four to six millennia ago.
It includes a history of the whole prehistoric period in West Penwith, together with observations on the megalithic world in the rest of Cornwall.
The hidden twist of this book concerns what we can learn from this that is relevant to the issues of the 21st Century.
The result of fifty years of work on the prehistory of various parts of Britain, and in the last seven years in Penwith, this is a book of ideas, pushing the limits of our thinking on prehistory and the early life of the people of Britain.
It was written in Cornwall, one of Britain's ancient kingdoms. Cornwall is now a peripheral country under English occupation but, once upon a time, it was centrally placed in the megalithic civilisation of Atlantic Europe – one of the world’s great civilisations in ancient times.
This was a time when the west and north of Britain were more advanced than what became known as England.
Shining Land gives a taste of the magic of West Penwith. One of its ancient names is Belerion, the shining land.
You'll find extra reading, photos, maps and podcasts on this website. The book will be published in due course and ordering details and sources will be announced here.
A Brief Introduction
Part One | Megalithic Sites
1. About West Penwith
2. Energy-fields and Alignments
3. Why were Megaliths Built?
4. Starting Propositions
Part Two | Sacred Places, Holy Landscape
5. Ancient Sites in Penwith
6. Central Places in a Wildscape
Neolithic Tor Enclosures
7. Peering over the Rolling Seas
8. Capping Energy Wells
The Quoits of Penwith
9. Adapted Geology
Propped, Placed and Oriented Stones
10. A Variety of Holy Bumps
Cairns, Barrows and Tumuli
11. Landscape Inoculation Technology
12. Cathedrals of the Bronze Age
Stone Circles and their complexes
13. Gathering Places of the Iron Age
Hill Camps and Enclosures
14. Desirable Residences
Settlements and Homesteads
15. Subterranean Mysteries
Fogous, Springs and Holy Wells
Part Three | Neighbours
16. Geomantic Cornwall
and its varied regions
the Isle of Scilly
Part Four | Megalithic Geoengineering
18. Aligning Prehistoric Sites
- alignments in Penwith
19. Power Points
- sites in Penwith
20. Reality Fields
- sacred psychogeography
- magical science and engineering
22. The Heart of the World
- and the rumbling rollers of Nanjizal Bay
Appendix One | Ancient Sites in Penwith
Appendix Two | The Making of the Maps