Archaeoastronomy Resources

The Lizard Peninsula – Ancient Beacons Leaflet

This leaflet is a self-drive tour of some of the Lizard’s wonderful ancient monuments. Many of these acted at beacons in the landscape and were a way for people to navigate and communicate with each other.

Lizard Beacons leaflet.

The Penwith Archaeoastronomy and Natural Navigation Leaflet

This leaflet is all about archaeoastronomy and natural navigation techniques which can be used. The emphasis is on the West Penwith area of Cornwall but all the techniques can be used elsewhere in the UK. This was produced as part of the Dark Skies Bright Stars 2018 project – by

Penwith Archaeoastronomy Leaflet

The Dark Skies Bright Stars Hurlers Archaeoastronomy Leaflet

This leaflet about the Hurlers Stone circles on Bodmin Moor was produced by the Mayes Creative, Dark Skies, Bright Stars project in 2017, to download the leaflet please follow the link

Hurlers Leaflet Archaeoastronomy


Astronomy History Resources

John Bradley Astronomer visits Cornwall 1769

This was originally published in the Society for the History of Astronomy’s Antiquarium Astronomer Issue 9 July 2015

John Bradley was the Nephew of Astronomer Royal James Bradley. He observed the Transit of Venus in 1769 and calculated the longitude of Lizard Point during the summer of 1769. This article is about his life and time in Cornwall

John Bradley Article

The Lizard Light-houses, Cornwall null by William Daniell 1769-1837

Malachy Hitchins – a leaflet and article about this 18th Century Mathematician and Astronomer.

Produced as part of the Dark Skies Bright Stars, 2018 project a leaflet all about this Cornish Astronomer

Malachy Hitchins Leaflet

and a paper all about his life and work in Cornwall – he was comparer of the nautical almanac and a wonderful teacher of future generations of scientists

Malachy Hitchens life and work