A Thousand Miles of History XX: Ghosts in the wildflowers

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

We headed back the way we had come, to take the narrow turning we had missed…a fortuitous misstep which had allowed us to see Cape Cornwall. We were looking for an old tin-mining site where, once upon a time, something quite remarkable had been found buried beneath the debris.

Ballowall… Krug Karrekloos in Cornish and sometimes called Carn Gloose… is a cliff top barrow that was first begun in the Neolithic era, which began around six thousand years ago, and which saw continued use through the Bronze Age. The factual description of the place is the easy bit. Borlase, the Cornish antiquarian who first excavated the site, not long after it was exposed beneath the mining debris, was drawn to the barrow in 1878 by the miners’ tales of strange lights and dancing fairies.

The excavation was not up to modern standards… they seldom were in the early days…

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