Over a dozen pre-historic secret tunnels have been discovered in Cornwall, England that are unique in the British Isles and are said to date back to the Iron Age, which lasted from about 700 BC to 43 AD.
No why has figured out why they were built or what they were used for. A BBC Travel story on mysterious structures says that many of the caves were excavated by antiquarians who didn’t keep any records because the society were preliterate.
With no written records that explain the reasons or uses for the secret tunnels, all we can do is speculate the reasons for them being built.
Cornwall’s landscape is rich in history and covered with hundreds of ancient stone structures.
”Obviously, all of this monument building did not take place at the same time. Man has been leaving his mark on the surface of the planet for thousands of years and each civilisation has had its own method of honouring their dead and/or their deities,” says the site Cornwall in Focus.
As you can see in the featured image of the main chamber, the tunnels are a maze of enclosed stone passageways. One tunnel leading off the left of the main chamber which measures 27 meters (89 feet) gets darker the further you go in.
There is what the BBC calls a ”final creep” because at the end of this secret tunnel there’s a stone lip which can cause you to trip over and is not noticeable unless you know it’s there.
It appears that none of the secret tunnels were designed for easy access, leading researchers to theorized they were used for a hiding place, but many of them are visible on the surface, so they wouldn’t be a good place if one sought refuge.
”There are only a couple that have been excavated in modern times – and they don’t seem to be structures that really easily give up their secrets,” Susan Greaney, head properties historian of English Heritage, told the BBC.
Others have speculated that they were burial chambers, a grounds for mass deaths, similar to the ancient pagan burial grounds of the Ancient Ram Inn’s dark history.
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