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Standing stone 60m north west of the Nine Maidens Stone Circle

A Scheduled Monument in Madron, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.1609 / 50°9'39"N

Longitude: -5.5943 / 5°35'39"W

OS Eastings: 143386.106822

OS Northings: 35170.914178

OS Grid: SW433351

Mapcode National: GBR DXK8.499

Mapcode Global: VH058.Z6CZ

Entry Name: Standing stone 60m north west of the Nine Maidens Stone Circle

Scheduled Date: 15 June 1968

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004349

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 652

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Madron

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Gulval

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a standing stone, situated on the summit of a ridge, with striking views to Carn Galva. The standing stone survives as an earthfast upright monolith standing up to 0.4m high; the top of the stone has been broken off and had been by 1872 when it was recorded by Borlase.

The standing stone is closely associated with many other archaeological features, including cairns and a stone circle, which are the subject of separate schedulings.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-423724

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Standing stones are prehistoric ritual or ceremonial monuments with dates ranging from the Late Neolithic to the end of the Bronze Age for the few excavated examples. They comprise single or paired upright orthostatic slabs, ranging from under lm to over 6m high where still erect. They are often conspicuously sited and close to other contemporary monument classes. They can be accompanied by various features: many occur in or on the edge of round barrows, and where excavated, associated subsurface features have included stone cists, stone settings, and various pits and hollows filled in with earth containing human bone, cremations, charcoal, flints, pots and pot sherds. Similar deposits have been found in excavated sockets for standing stones, which range considerably in depth. Several standing stones also bear cup and ring marks. Standing stones may have functioned as markers for routeways, territories, graves, or meeting points, but their accompanying features show they also bore a ritual function and that they form one of several ritual monument classes of their period that often contain a deposit of cremation and domestic debris as an integral component. No national survey of standing stones has been undertaken, and estimates range from 50 to 250 extant examples, widely distributed throughout England but with concentrations in Cornwall, the North Yorkshire Moors, Cumbria, Derbyshire and the Cotswolds. Standing stones are important as nationally rare monuments, with a high longevity and demonstrating the diversity of ritual practices in the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age. Despite having been broken, the standing stone 60m north west of the Nine Maidens Stone Circle remains in-situ and will retain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its erection, longevity, territorial and ritual significance, relationship with other monument classes and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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