“You rememebr that lttle cist we saw in the middle of the row at Merrivale ? Well, thius is a perfect Bronze Age example. It’;s abot 4,000 years old and basically, it’s a stone box, and it would have held the remains of an individual or even a family, sometimes – with a coverstone – and then the whole thing would have been covered with as mound of earth, called a cairn”.
“If I was to visit all the sites there are, you’d probably still be watching this film in a year’s time. This end of the country is probably the richest in its wealth of prehistoric sites. Within just a few minutes of where I am now, besides any number of standing stones and cairns, there’s the Merry Maidens stone circle, Tregeseal stone circle, the Nine Maidens stone circle, there’s Boskawen-Un stone circle, there’s Pendeen Vau fogou, Carn Euny fogou, Chun Quoit, Lanyon Quoit – there’s loads of ‘em!
We’ll get glimpses of as many as we can – but as well as some of the better known sites, we’re going to travel to places that you may have never ha the opportunity to visit and quite a few you never knew existed.”
“The passing centuries have left many ancient sites with a mysterious anonymity. We respect them, but we don’t understand them and their social importance ha long since disappeared. We protect them and ignore them – in equal measure.
Knowlton Henge is a perfect example. This Bronze Age site is part of an enormous settlement that sprawls across the surrounding countryside. It’s hard to see a lot of it now, but this raised mound originally rose an astonishing seventeen feet out of the ditch around it.
The careful placing of this Norman church would have been a very powerful way of putting an end to any earlier non Christian goings-on. Now, its crumbling ruin sits like a weary trespasser on unguarded land”.