Colvannick Tor (Cardinham Moor)

WP Colvannick

View from north.  Copyright: Mark Camp

Location

England     Cornwall     Bodmin Moor     SX 12830 71870     Lat 50.51653026   Long -4.64153596

Colvannick row plan

Simplified plan of the Colvannick Tor stone alignment (Source: Johnson, N. and Rose, P., 1994, 32).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 380m
No. of stones: 11 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 135° Altitude: 254m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Prehistoric settlements and cairns
Notes:  Also known as Cardinham Moor

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: AONB
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Identification

Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


Individual Stones

Simplified plan of the Colvannick Tor stone alignment showing the position of the individual stones (Source: Johnson, N. and Rose, P., 1994, 32).

Stone 1. View from south east (Scale 1m). Row and sea view to north coast beyond (enhanced).

Stone 2 . View from south (Scale 1m). Stones 3 and 4 beyond.

Stone 3. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 4. View from south east.

Stone 5. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 6. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 7. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 8. View from southeast (Scale 1m).

Stone 9. View from east. Until recently this stone lay recumbent. No socket hole was found during archaeological excavations in the vicinity. A fresh socket was created during the reconstruction process. This discovery implies that even large stones were erected in the prehistoric period without the need to dig a hole that pentrated the subsoil.

Stone 10. View from south east (Scale 1m). Stone 11 in the background.

Stone 11. View from east (Scale 1m). This is the uppermost surviving stone. A further stone to the north recorded by Johnson and Rose is no longer visible.

Photographs

The stone row at Colvannick is far from straight.  View from south.

The stone row like so many of the longer ones is sinuous in form.

Annotated photograph illustrating the sinious character of the stone row.

 

Looking north along the row. View from Stone 1.

A significant shift in orientation between stones 5 and 6. View from the south.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Other References

Attwell, D. and Gossip, J., Cardinham Moor, Cardinham, Cornwall Project Report for Historical and Archaeological Feature Protection Grant (HLS) for Cardinham & Rifle Range Commons LTD, 2015.

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 214.

Johnson, N. and Rose, P., 1994, Bodmin Moor – An archaeological survey Volume 1: The human landscape to c 1800, English Heritage and RCHME, pg. 32.

 

 

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