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Early Mediæval


Early Mediæval AD 410 to 1066

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The earliest Cornish crosses, hard granite moorstones shaped and finely ornamented with interlace designs, date from the late 9th century and served both as memorials and as churchyard crosses. The tradition continued to develop with changing styles and patterns through the mediæval period and continues down to our own day. It is suspected that some crosses and inscribed stones may have originated as standing stones in the prehistoric period.