Nine Stones, Altarnum

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Three of the Nine Stones

The Nine Stones (or Altarnun stone circle) form a stone circle on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, two miles south of Altarnun.[1][2]


The Nine Stones stand on Bodmin Moor, one of several circles on the moor, and one of smallest of them. It is 49 feet in diameter with eight granite stones forming the circle and one in the centre. The circle was restored in 1889, at which time only two stones remained standing.

A flat triangular shaped stone also lies at the base of one of the stones. The stones are irregularly spaced with the tallest 4 feet 2".. A gap in the north suggests where another stone may have stood.[2] The central stone, a granite post 11 feet high, may have been moved from the north part of the circle to be used as a boundary stone for the parish boundary.[3]


There are hut circles 600 yards to the northeast and another to the south.[4]

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  1. William C. Lukis (1885). The prehistoric stone monuments of the British Isles: Cornwall. Printed for Nichols and Sons for the Society of Antiquaries. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alexander Thom; Archibald Stevenson Thom; Aubrey Burl (1980). Megalithic rings: plans and data for 229 monuments in Britain. British Archaeological Reports. pp. 81–. ISBN 978-0-86054-094-6. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  3. National Monuments Record: No. 435365 – Nine Stones Stone Circle
  4. Aubrey Burl (2005). A guide to the stone circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany. Yale University Press. pp. 36–. ISBN 978-0-300-11406-5. Retrieved 23 May 2011.