People have been shaping the landscape around Caradon Hill as far back as the Neolithic period some 6,000 years ago. Its tors were linked with stones to create living and sacred enclosures and its rocks were used to make monuments for burying and remembering the dead. Mining has left an indelible mark on the area, shaping its landscape and history.
Traces of all aspects of the farmed landscape, from the field clearances around the Neolithic settlement sites to modern ecological practices, can be found in the local environment. Religion has also played an important role in shaping the area; there are many fine examples of monuments from the Bronze Age, Methodist chapels and Parish churches.
Features of the Caradon Hill area
There are a wealth of domestic, ritual and industrial remains that give this ancient landscape a rare variety: Trethevy Quoit is recognised as the premier Neolithic tomb in Cornwall, The Hurlers is the only triple stone circle in Britain, Caradon Hill is home to the largest collection of Bronze Age cairns in Cornwall, King Doniert’s Stone is the only known tomb of a King of Cornwall, and South Caradon Mine is the most intact large copper mine site in the county.
Need to know
- The area is one of the most densely populated historic environments anywhere in the world
- There is traceable continued activity of mankind dating back around 6,000 years
- Go to Library for a wide range of resources to help you understand this unique landscape