MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Location: file:///C:/08F85E4C/men-an-tol.htm Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset="us-ascii" The name of this ancient monument derives from the Cornish meaning= =20 'stone with a hole' - it is believed to date from the early Bronze Age and could be around 4000 years old

  The name of this ancient monument derives from the Cornish meaning 'stone with a hole'  -  it is believed to date from the ea= rly Bronze Age and could be around  4000 years old.  For some years the= holed stone was believed to be the entrance to a burial chamber, but more recently evidence has suggested that the upright stones on either side are in fact p= art of a stone circle system comprising  20 or more stones, many of which can be seen  protruding just above ground level= . It is not unknown for holed stones to be associated with stone circles and although the connection is not fully understood, it is known they have stro= ng traditions associated with them usually of fertility and healing and these = date back to our pagan origins. It was said that sick children could be healed if passed through the hole at certain phases of the moon, and that the stone w= as a sure cure for scrofula; the  sufferer having to crawl through&nb= sp; 'nine times against the sun'  !

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