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
Other Interesting Maps
Map Key and Notes
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.
- to zoom in or out, move your mouse wheel by just 1-2 notches, forward for zooming in, back for zooming out.
- 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.
Stone circles - surviving
Stone circles - queried or destroyed
Menhirs (queried or gone)
Neolithic Tor Enclosures
Hill Camps (hillforts)
Hill Enclosures (ceremonial)
Cliff Sanctuaries (cliff castles)
Cliff Sanctuaries (possible)
Carns (outcrops & tors)
Wells & Springs
Ancient Settlements (bronze and iron ages)
Early & Medieval Crosses
Natural Rocks & Outcrops
Cairns, Barrows & Tumuli
Neolithic Long Barrows