Astronomy and Heritage in Cornwall

TOURS : BOOKS : RESOURCES : PHOTOS

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 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 🙂 

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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 🙂


Upcoming Talk

in conversation with Harry Fricker

The night sky over Cornwall 4000 BC

Insights into the Skyscape of Cornwall

Carolyn will introduce the concepts of skyscape and why this held relevance in prehistory.

Carolyn will consider ancestral links with the sky and how this sits alongside a new landscape narrative and illuminating monument biography.

It will also explore the way key sites in Cornwall including the Hurlers, may have been modelled to work with transformational skyscapes.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/harry-fricker-studio-18020385840


Upcoming community walks with Mayes Creative

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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.