Last Photographed: Tuesday 14th March 2006
Other Names: The Nine Stones of Boskednan
Boskednan consists of eleven granite stones arranged in a circle twenty metres in diameter. The stones average about 1.2 metres in height, with the largest rising to about two metres.
It's believed that Boskednan once featured as many as 22 stones. When first recorded in 1738, nineteen of these remained, of which eleven were standing.
By the start of this century, the number of surviving stones had fallen to eleven. Six of these remained fully standing, two were leaning precariously and three had fallen.
In 2004, restoration work was carried out to re-erect three of the stones and straighten those that were leaning. As a result, Boskednan now features eleven fully upright stones. The work was extremely sympathetic, and the ambience and integrity of the site is now greatly improved.
This circle is up at the top of the world. Its location - high above Men-An-Tol, with the imposing Carn Galver in the distance - is breathtaking. The site is powerful and dramatic. However, despite the imposing character of the circle and despite the blustery winds, Boskednan still retains a warm and welcoming ambience. I found this a very intimate site and one where I could happily spend some time - even when the weather seemed bent on opposing me.
It seemed obvious to me when visiting this site that it was once part of a grander megalithic landscape. There's a burial cairn next door, a standing stone in a nearby field, a couple more standing stones down the road, the possibility that Men-An-Tol was once a stone circle... and a number of very suspicious looking stones littering the local dry-stone walls. I was left wondering what significance this area once had and how it may have looked a few thousand years ago.