Holed Stones in West Penwith

Holed stones are upright slabs that contain a circular hole. They are considered to be Bronze Age circa 2500 – 1600 BC, as many of them seem to be associated with nearby Bronze Age sites. Their purpose is a complete mystery, and although it has been suggested that they might have been part of a burial chamber there is no evidence for this. The Men-an-Tol is the most famous holed stone in Penwith, large enough for a person to crawl through. It is associated with many folk legends of fertility, divination and healing.


The Mên-an-Tol (Cornish for ‘Stone of the Hole’) consists of a holed stone 1.2m (4ft) across with a large round hole 51cm (20 in) in diameter, large

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