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At the edge of Common Moor and Bodmin Moor, at the town of Minions, can be found the three stone circles known as the Hurlers.
the stone circle known as the Hurlers
Photo Above - One of the stone circles with a view of an early mining building.

The Hurlers are thought to date from the bronze age but apparently no archeological evidence has been found at the site to accurately determine their age.

If it had not been for our B&B hostess we would not have known about the Hurlers, located just a mile from where we were staying.

Other pre-roman sites in the UK:
Avebury Circle

Outside link on the Hurlers:

Prehistoric UK
Cornwall on-line

The piper stones
Photo above (by Jeremy VanNocker) - The Pipers, two standing stones located outside the circles. The rock outcrop in the distance, shown between the Pipers in the photo is where the cheesewring' can be found (I think).

The Hurlers received their name from a local legion, which attributes the circle to men being turn in to stone for playing Hurling (a traditional ball throwing game) on Sunday.

It was a hot and sunny day when we stopped at Minions to check out the Hurlers. I ignoring the sign warning one to remove all valuables from their parked car and left my camera bag.

We had spent the day at the Eden Project and I really did not want to lug around all my gear in the heat, instead I decided to rely on my son's pocket camera. From the car park it is only a short walk to the Minions but it seems so much longer when you arrive and discover your camera battery has gone dead. .. Retrieving my camera bag, I met my son at the Pipers, two standing stones , slightly to the west of the stone circles. He took a few photos with the recently retrieved battery pack and then started to head for the rock outcropping in the distance. I on the other hand could not phantom why he wanted to walk so far. He was certain that the rock outcropping was the site of the 'cheasewring' but I was not that certain and I did not want to take a, unnecessary, long walk in the heat. Instead I used the video camera's telephoto lens to take some photos of the rock outcropping. Once I had a chance to view the rock outcroppings photos on a large screen I realize my son was right as to the location of the 'cheesewring'.

Click on the photo above for a panoramic view.

On our visit to the Hurlers we observed a couple "dowsing" the circle. Apparently, the Hurlers attract individuals from all over the world seeking to feel the energy that, some report, comes from the circle. With the couple I observe, one stood at a particular spot in the circle while the other moved in and about the stones. The one with in the circle would then report when the other individual triggered a hot spot.

The cheesewring
Above - The Cheesewrings, click on photo for bigger view.

The Cheesewring is about one mile north of the Stone Circles. There is some disagreement as to the origins of these oddly stacked stones. Some believe the stones were stacked in this odd configuration by the people that build the Hurlers. Others, geologist for the most part, view the stones as a natural phenomena, an artifact created by the effect of erosion on the rock.

Just 1/4 mile, or so, north east of the Hurlers one can also find Rillaton Barrow, a burial barrow dating back to the bronze age. We were not aware of the barrow on our visit but apparently one can easily over look it when seeking it out on the Moor. The area was actively mined for tin and copper in the 1800's, resulting in a landscape that serves to obscure the barrow. Miners excavating the tomb found the Rillaton Gold cup , which is now located in the British Museum

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The information on this page is from my July 2006 visit to the UK
This page last updated August 2006