Boskednan (Nine Maidens)

Stone Circle - Cornwall

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SW 43431 35139 (GPS 65min) Diameter 21.6m (meas.)
Visits - August 1995 / June 2000 No magnetic anomalies

Boskednan stands on moorland about 1km NW of the village of the same name. The circle is pretty ruinous, from an estimated original twenty two stones, we counted ten remaining. Only seven stones are standing, and that includes one stone inclined at forty degrees to the surface. The stones are all of local grey granite and the tallest survivor stands 2m high at the NNE, close to a fallen stone of similar size. Viewed from the circle centre, these two stones are quite close to an alignment with the prominent landmark of Carn Galver, this arrangement is visible in our annular panorama. The remains of a round barrow can be seen at the SSE edge of the circle, early "excavations" of this revealed a ruined cist and pieces of a Cornish ribbon-handled urn.
A couple of hundred metres to the NNW of Boskednan stands what looks very much like a second stone circle, this is in fact, the remains of another round barrow. Several of the stones standing here are quite tall, and the resemblance to a stone circle is very strong, the stones are actually only the tall kerbs of the barrow.

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