My mind has been reminding me of our Cornwall visits, think it is all about nostalgia, but the other day I stumbled across the drawing below of Rillaton Barrow on Bodmin Moor. Sadly I did not capture the name of the person who had drawn it, but you can see that this large barrow was found and excavated by miners, around 1835. A dagger and the famous gold Rillaton cup lie on the slab, there were other finds but now lost in time, probably faience beads and some bone or ivory fragments. The barrow was very large, pockmarked by other diggings, stone robbing. This area is of course famous for the copper mined in the 19th century, and on top of the barrow there was a small pool of water in a hollow.
Bodmin Moor is a geographical surface of mine workings, water ways and quarries. This barrow stands but five hundred metres from the famous Cheesewring Tor, the Cheesewring stones piled haphazardly on top of each other a reminder of glacial happenings from the past. If you climb this tor, half quarried now you come on the Stowe Pound settlement at the top (Early Bronze Age or Neolithic the settlement has not been excavated), something I haven't explored. What drew to me this area was the three stone circles called 'The Hurlers' looking towards the Cheesewring Tor, I found the circles rather magical, and peaceful, set amongst the gorse bushes and stones, ponies and cows wandered around in this semi-wild place.
|Rillaton Barrow upon its discovery|
|Three stone circles acknowledging Cheesewring Tor and in between the Tor and circles would have been the burial at Rillaton Barrow of someone important.|