Astronomy and Heritage in Cornwall

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Welcome 

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 southwest 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 🙂 

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A new Audio Tour in Cornwall of an Ancient Landscape.

Fancy walking through the Tregeseal landscape? Where I will take you on an audio walking tour of the sites and sounds around the landscape?

I have created one of the Tregeseal landscape and its connections to the night sky, we will visit a number of ancient sites along the route and all directions are given as you follow the story. All of this is done through the amazing Voice map app. All you need to do to have a go is create an account, download the tour (small fee) and have a go. I’d love to hear how you get on with it 🙂

Also Tregeseal !!! A video made as part of the Mayes Creative project Watching the Sun looking at the ancient landscape around Tregeseal -with myself talking about the connectivity to the Sun 🙂


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 that 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.


What I’m working on right now and how you can help 🙂

Hi, I’m happy you are interested enough to have made it this far down the page, thank you 🙂

You may like to hear about what I have been up to this year, (this is a late 2021 update). I have a number of projects on the go, some of these are developing into larger pieces of work and that may even result in a book 🙂 The projects include

West Cornwall Scillionian Style Passage Graves

Photographing and measuring the position and the orientation of the mainland Scillionian Style passage graves found in west Cornwall, particularly photographing the sunrises and sunsets at significant times of the year. This project is progressing well and I have managed to photograph the following Bosilliack – Winter Solstice, Treen S at Summer Solstice, Mayon st Equinox and a couple more…. There is still much to do though including Tregeseal at the Winter Solstice and Pennance at Samhain/Imbolc to name a few. This I hope will feed into a booklet of photographs and measurements and a number of conclusions about these:)

Tregeseal and the links to the Winter Solstice

Was west Cornwall focus Tregeseal at the Winter Solstice?? I have often wondered about the alignment with the Isles of Scilly when standing at Tregeseal Stone circles and I am still wondering….. Friends and I walked from Lamorna through the gap via Boscawen-un circle to Tregeseal on Winter Solstice 2020 and we intend to do something similar this year. Maybe moving through the landscape from Zennor this time around. Walking from dawn to dusk visiting ancient sites along the way was a powerful experience and one which we would like to repeat. This will feed into a body of work that is cooking nicely (see video and resources for more on this) and discuss the idea of processing through the landscape to watch a sunset over a distant land on a significant day of the year.

Bodmin Moor – midpoint stone circle alignments

The stone circles of Bodmin Moor and the interesting feature of equinox (Mid-point) alignments as pointed out by John Barnett, I am revisiting these and photographing them as and when I can. This needs an update as since his work was completed there have been additional circles found which need to be added into the greater picture.

Little Galver framing station and the midpoint sun

Little Galver – why is the focus of the framing station on Carn Galver aligned to a rolling sunset around the equinox and was this done on purpose. I am timing this and working out how and why this may have been used during prehistory

There is much more coming next year and I have been invited to be involved in a couple of really exciting projects which I will let you know about in due course.

The work above is done in my spare time at my own expense and if you do fancy buying me a coffee to keep me fueled and warm while watching the sun rise I would be extremely grateful for your support. 🙂

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