Tregiffian Entrance Grave

Entrance Graves (or Chambered Tombs as they are sometimes known) date from them Neolithic period (approx 3000-2500 BC), so it was probably constructed before the stone circle. Part of the kerb remains as do some of the roofing stones of the chamber, which is 4,3 m (14ft) long 1.2 m (4ft) wide and 0.9 m (3ft) high.

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Ordnance Survey Grid Reference

SW 4303 2442


This entrance grave can be found about 100 yards west of the Merry Maidens car parking area, beside the B3315 road.


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Purpose and Meaning

The chamber probably originally contained bones, but not necessarily from only one individual. These were places where the living came to honour the dead and connect with their spirits. Outside the chamber (originally inside it) stands a cupmarked stone (replica – the original is in the Truro Museum) with 13 cupmarks and 12 ovals, which may have been delib- erately carved to represent new and full moons in a solar year.