Boscawen-un, according to Aubrey Burl, (writer of the guide to stone circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany) means "The house of the elder tree". In its early bronze age days this stunning circle of Granite stones was surely surrounded by forest, (and presumably a particular Elder tree) judging partly by the fact it still has a carpet of bluebells in May. I say granite, but there is one notable exception: The stone standing at the WSW cardinal point is of veined quartz and marks the backsite for the May day sunrise at Beltane. This strongly suggests to me that the main emphasis and reason for this circle was spring and fertility. Surely the blooming of many bluebells at this time could only have enhanced the celebration of creation of new life.
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