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Notes:

Beehive Huts were found in West Penwith and this one was at the top of Chapel Carn Brea.The only remaining one built to the same specifications is at Bosporthennis five miles away. Both have a recess at floor level opposite the entrance. The winter solstice sunrise shone along the passage of the barrow. It could be that the original fougou was adapted for a new ceremony. One theory is that it marked the end of the matriarchal way of life based on the tin trade to a more religious and masculine life style. Very little remains of this hut in 2014. Comparisons could be made with the theories about Stonehenge and similar structures in Greece and Spain.

Beehive Hut On The Top of Chapel Carn Brea.

Record Number: PEZPH : 1990.1116
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Full name: Black And White Photograph
Brief description: Beehive Huts were found in West Penwith and this one was at the top of Chapel Carn Brea.The only remaining one built to the same specifications is at Bosporthennis five miles away. Both have a recess at floor level opposite the entrance. The winter solstice sunrise shone along the passage of the barrow. It could be that the original fougou was adapted for a new ceremony. One theory is that it marked the end of the matriarchal way of life based on the tin trade to a more religious and masculine life style. Very little remains of this hut in 2014. Comparisons could be made with the theories about Stonehenge and similar structures in Greece and Spain.
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Person: Gibson, James
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