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Shining Land
The ancient sites of West Penwith
Palden Jenkins
Shining Land
Site in construction
and what they tell us about megalithic civilisation
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Maps
Maps of the Ancient Sites and Alignments of Cornwall

These maps are available as downloadable JPG images or as detailed and informative Google Maps
The JPG images you can download and keep. The Google Maps are the most up-to-date and detailed, with links to references on each ancient site marked on the map.
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Ancient Sites Maps
Ancient Sites of West Penwith
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Alignments in West Penwith
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Ancient Sites of Cornwall
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Alignments in Cornwall
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Ancient Sites of the Isles of Scilly
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Alignments on the Isles of Scilly
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Other Interesting Maps
The Backbone Alignments of Cornwall
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Alignments of the Lizard Peninsula
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Radial Alignments passing through Carn Brea
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Near-Parallel Alignments in West Cornwall
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Map Key and Notes
Ancient Sites
Stone circles
Stone circles - surviving
Stone circles - queried or destroyed
Quoits
Quoits (dolmens)
Menhirs
Menhirs (existing)
Menhirs (queried or gone)
Stone Rows
Stone Rows
Neolithic Tor Enclosures
Neolithic Tor Enclosures
Hill Forts
Hill Camps (hillforts)
Hill Enclosures
Hill Enclosures (ceremonial)
Cliff Castles
Cliff Sanctuaries (cliff castles)
Cliff Sanctuaries (possible)
Prominent Headlands
Fogous
Fogous
Carns
Carns (outcrops & tors)
Wells and Springs
Wells & Springs
Prehistoric Settlements
Ancient Settlements (bronze and iron ages)
Early Churches
Early Churches
Christian Crosses
Early & Medieval Crosses
Holed Stones
Holed Stones
Placed Stones
Placed Stones
Oriented Stones
Oriented Stones
Natural Rocks & Outcrops
Chambered Cairns
Chambered Cairns
Cairns Barrows and Tumuli
Cairns, Barrows & Tumuli
Neolithic Long Barrows
Neolithic Long Barrows
Alignments

Backbone alignments

Other long-distance alignments

Main local alignments
Lesser local alignments

Penwith quoit alignments &
Lizard barrow alignments

Alignments on Scilly and
on the Lamorna plateau

Stone circle radials and
near-parallel alignments in Scilly

Regional & international alignments
(eg. Michael & Apollo Lines)

Orientations of double menhirs
All alignments are accurate to within three metres (five metres in a few cases). In most cases they contain four or more points (with a few exceptions), accurately aligned.

All alignments have been triple-checked. If you find errors or have amendments or something to add, get in touch!

When an alignment passes near a significant site but more than five metres from it, the site is noted in parentheses in the alignment notes on the map, but it is not counted as a validating point on the alignment.
Codes. Alignment numbers sometimes include codes. These are:
LZ = Lizard    SC = Scilly    MC = Mid-Cornwall    EC = East Cornwall
P = Near-Parallel Alignment    R = Radial Alignment    LP = Lamorna Plateau
Q = Quoit Alignment    A = Astronomical Alignment

Azimuths. In the info popup for each alignment (click on it) and in the alignments list, azimuths are given like this: AZ=84.6°. These show the alignment's orientation, measured in degrees from due north in a clockwise direction. For the opposite azimuth, add 180°. These azimuths apply only to a level horizon.
Google Maps
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  • where you place your cursor on the map determines where you zoom in to.
  • click, hold and drag the map to move around it.
  • click any site or alignment to get further information about it.
  • should you need it, click here for a separate map key.
The maps were researched by trawling the Pastscape, Historic England, Heritage Gateway and Cornwall Council online resources, the Megalithic Portal and Modern Antiquarian sites, Meyn Mamvro, CASPN, the Cornish Ancient and Holy Wells map, and personal communications, books and other sources.

All locations are exactly positioned. Sometimes judgement had to be applied to reconcile differences in information given on the resource sites above, and to correct map references and other details.
Shining Land
A book by Palden Jenkins about the ancient sites of West Penwith in Cornwall
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