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New excavations at the Hurlers in Cornwall

12 Sep 2016
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An article by Graham Smith on - Archaeologists to return to The Hurlers on Bodmin Moor in quest to find potential 'new' stone circle - reports on archaeologists resuming work at the Bronze Age stone circles known as The Hurlers on Bodmin Moor in England.

New excavations at the Hurlers in Cornwall

The Hurlers on Bodmin Moor. Image: English Heritage

The excavation, part of the Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Reading the Hurlers project, aims to reveal more information from the archaeological site that was identified by geo-physics as recently as the early 1990's.

Image: Cornwall Guide

Members of the Cornwall Archaeological Unit will be working alongside geologists  to shed light on the potential for a fourth circle at the 4,000-year-old site near Liskeard.

The Hurlers in Cornwall, England

In search of the 4th stone circle. Images: Historic Cornwall/G.Smith

Archaeologist Emma Stockley and Project geologist Calum Beeson will be working together to discover the archaeology in relation to the geology, and how the geology was intrinsic to the lives and culture of the Bronze Age people.

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Reading the Hurlers has been surveying the area around the stones in an attempt to identify where they were quarried. 

The stone circles of the Hurlers in Cornwall

Image: Cornwall Guide

The Hurlers are a Bronze Age triple stone circle complex dating from at least 1,500 BC, thought to have been used for astronomical purposes, and one of the best examples in the South West of England. There have been archaeological excavations at The Hurlers since the 1930's.

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