Astronomy and Heritage in Cornwall


Hi you have made it here, welcome to my site! I hope you find what you came looking for, if not feel free to contact me.

I’m Carolyn Kennett and I work in the field of astronomy and archaeoastronomy, with most of my practice being in the far south west of the UK. I’m lucky because Cornwall has a great astronomical history and a wealth of ancient sites right on my doorstep, there is certainly enough to keep me busy!

At the top you will see some tabs, these will link to information about books I have had a hand in, the tours I give and lots of free resources which have been made along the way. If you are interested in what I have been up to there is a page listing papers I have written and links to video/interviews etc etc. 

Finally there is a blog, I occasionally get the time to update with thoughts, musings and other things going on in my world. Please follow if you want to be kept in the know.

Enjoy and keep looking up 🙂 


Upcoming Community Walks

May 29th as part of the CASPN’s annual day of walks and talks I will be leading the Saturday morning walk from Boscawen-Ûn down the Trelew line visiting a number of standing stone on route. Numbers are very limited due to Covid restrictions, please follow CASPN on facebook or look at their website to find out more

On Saturday June 19th with Mayes Creative and the Penwith Landscape Partnership I will be leading a community art walk from Sancreed to the beacon, Carn Euny courtyard house village and the well, visiting Caer Bran hillfort along route. This is on the Saturday morning and will be approx 5 miles in length over cross country track. More information to follow


Cornwall has a rich astronomical heritage. Megalithic sites with links to astronomy are found throughout Cornwall, but primarily on; Bodmin Moor, West Penwith, the Lizard and also the nearby Isles of Scilly. Many of the sites within the area are linked to the solar and lunar cycles. Some have links to the stellar cycle.


Just as we do today, though, without the technology, the people of the Neolithic and Bronze age would try to make sense of the motions in the sky. The stone monuments in our landscape leave us clues as to how they did this. Many, we know, have been aligned to indicate positions of objects in the sky. The most common being stones that are aligned with the solar cycle, such as the Heel Stone at Stonehenge marking a solstice point. Other stones are linked to the lunar cycle and some are suggested to have links with other celestial objects such as planets and stars. Archaeoastronomy attempts to understand the secrets that have been locked into the stones by studying the position and design of the monuments and linking them to the sky and landscape around them.


Much more can be found out about the archaeoastronomy of Cornwall in my book Celestial Stone Circles of West Cornwall. Otherwise, come and join me for a tour of the sites, you can book by contacting me through this website.

Watching the Sun

A recent talk that I gave along with Cheryl Straffon about the sun and ancient sites in Cornwall can be viewed here. A booklet which was produced to go with this project in Conjunction with Mayes Creative and Meyn Mamvro is available for order from here: Meyn Mamvro

The Hurlers stone circle complex

I have undertaken work at the Hurlers with local astronomers and archaeologists, we were lucky enough to make a film of some of this work. Here is a link to a video made at the Hurlers stone circle site. This is a significant prehistoric landscape which has had a number of archaeological digs including Mapping the Sun and Reading the Hurlers. This video explores both the archaeology and the astronomical links at the site.