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HER Number:16152
Name:TREGESEAL - Bronze Age stone circle

Summary

The remains of a probable ritual complex comprising two stone circles with an alleged third stone circle, now completely destroyed.

Grid Reference:SW 3863 3237
Parish:St Just, Penwith, Cornwall
Map:Show location on Streetmap

Protected Status: None recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Primary Record No. (1985-2009): 16152

Monument Types

Full description

On the south facing slopes of Truthwall Common at approximately 168m above OD are the remains of a probable ritual complex comprising two stone circles with an alleged third stone circle, now completely destroyed. Two standing stone circles have been planned by Cotton (b1), Buller (h1,b2), and Lukis and Borlase in the C19. The site has been more recently planned and recorded by the OS (h2, h3, h4, b11) and sketch surveyed by Sharpe in 1985 (h5, b12, b13). Barnatt suggests that the east/west alignments of the circles may have a "crude relationship with the equinoxes" (b11).

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Site history:
1: 1842. BULLER, RE. J
2: 1960. QUINNELL, NV / OS
3: 1975. FLETCHER, N / OS
4: 1982. BARNATT, J
5: 1985. SHARPE, A / CAU
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Jackson, M. & Jackson, A., 2006, Ancient Stones of Kernow (Booklet). SCO27463.


<1> Cotton, W, 1827, Illustrations of Stone Circles, Cromlechs, and Other Remains of the Aboriginal, 26-27 (Bibliographic reference). SCO3177.


<2> Buller, J, 1842, A Statistical Account of the Parish of St Just-In-Penwith, 95-96, PLAN (Bibliographic reference). SCO2969.


<3> Lukis, WC & Borlase, WC, 1885, Prehistoric Stone Monuments: Cornwall, VOL 2, 27, PL III (Bibliographic reference). SCO3881.


<4> UNKNOWN, 1984, UNKNOWN TITLE, 150, 155, 161, 168 (Unedited Source). SCO8763.


<5> Page, W (Editor), 1906, Victoria History of the County of Cornwall, VOL I, 384-386, 405 (Bibliographic reference). SCO4068.


<6> Ordnance Survey, 1900s, 2nd Edition 6 Inch Map (Cartographic materials). SCO4051.


<7> Hencken, HO, 1932, The Archaeology of Cornwall and Scilly, 55, 60, 299, 319 (Bibliographic reference). SCO3489.


<8> Fox, A, 1964, South West England, 65, 235, PL 22 (Bibliographic reference). SCO3332.


<9> Russell, V, 1971, West Penwith Survey, 39 (Bibliographic reference). SCO4314.


<10> Weatherhill, C, 1981, Belerion: Ancient Sites of Land's End, 27 (Bibliographic reference). SCO5027.


<11> Barnatt, J, 1982, Prehistoric Cornwall: The Ceremonial Monuments, 61-71, 117, 162-165, 295 (Bibliographic reference). SCO2777.


<12> Cornwall Archaeological Unit, 198-, Field Drawing (GRE), GRE 2/33 (Cartographic materials). SCO5089.


<13> Cornwall Archaeological Unit, 198-, Drawing Archive, Hanging (GRH), GRH 68/4/SW3832 (Cartographic materials). SCO5088.

Sources / Further Reading

---SCO27463 - Booklet: Jackson, M. & Jackson, A.. 2006. Ancient Stones of Kernow.
[1]SCO3177 - Bibliographic reference: Cotton, W. 1827. Illustrations of Stone Circles, Cromlechs, and Other Remains of the Aboriginal. 26-27.
[2]SCO2969 - Bibliographic reference: Buller, J. 1842. A Statistical Account of the Parish of St Just-In-Penwith. 95-96, PLAN.
[3]SCO3881 - Bibliographic reference: Lukis, WC & Borlase, WC. 1885. Prehistoric Stone Monuments: Cornwall. VOL 2, 27, PL III.
[4]SCO8763 - Unedited Source: UNKNOWN. 1984. UNKNOWN TITLE. TRANS PENZANCE NAT HIST AND ANTIQ SOC. 150, 155, 161, 168.
[5]SCO4068 - Bibliographic reference: Page, W (Editor). 1906. Victoria History of the County of Cornwall. Page, W. VOL I, 384-386, 405.
[6]SCO4051 - Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. 1900s. 2nd Edition 6 Inch Map.
[7]SCO3489 - Bibliographic reference: Hencken, HO. 1932. The Archaeology of Cornwall and Scilly. 55, 60, 299, 319.
[8]SCO3332 - Bibliographic reference: Fox, A. 1964. South West England. 65, 235, PL 22.
[9]SCO4314 - Bibliographic reference: Russell, V. 1971. West Penwith Survey. 39.
[10]SCO5027 - Bibliographic reference: Weatherhill, C. 1981. Belerion: Ancient Sites of Land's End. 27.
[11]SCO2777 - Bibliographic reference: Barnatt, J. 1982. Prehistoric Cornwall: The Ceremonial Monuments. 61-71, 117, 162-165, 295.
[12]SCO5089 - Cartographic materials: Cornwall Archaeological Unit. 198-. Field Drawing (GRE). GRE 2/33.
[13]SCO5088 - Cartographic materials: Cornwall Archaeological Unit. 198-. Drawing Archive, Hanging (GRH). GRH 68/4/SW3832.

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • ECO1538 - SM Management: Tregeseal Stone Circle

Related records

16152.01Parent of: TREGESEAL - Bronze Age stone circle (Monument)
16152.02Parent of: TREGESEAL - Bronze Age stone circle (Monument)
16152.03Parent of: TREGESEAL - Bronze Age stone circle (Monument)

Images

WHEAL TYE  © Cornwall Council

WHEAL TYE © Cornwall Council

TRUTHWALL COMMON / TREGESEAL  © Cornwall Council

TRUTHWALL COMMON / TREGESEAL © Cornwall Council

TRUTHWALL COMMON: Southern slope of Common including Tregeseal stone circle. Taken from SW.  © Cornwall Council

TRUTHWALL COMMON: Southern slope of Common including Tregeseal stone circle. Taken from SW. © Cornwall Council

TREGESEAL: Taken from eastish - tight on stone circle  © Cornwall Council

TREGESEAL: Taken from eastish - tight on stone circle © Cornwall Council

TREGESEAL: Taken from eastish - tight on stone circle  © Cornwall Council

TREGESEAL: Taken from eastish - tight on stone circle © Cornwall Council

TREGESEAL: Taken from NE  © Cornwall Council

TREGESEAL: Taken from NE © Cornwall Council