Mysterious metal monolith spotted in Cornish stone circle

They have been popping up all over the world – but the latest of a series of mysterious metal monoliths has appeared right here in Cornwall.

The tall Kubrick-esque monolith was spotted at the centre of the Merry Maidens stone circle in St Buryan at sunset yesterday (December 11).

It comes after several others also popped up in England – including in Dartmoor, the Isle of Wight and Glastonbury Tor – while monoliths have appeared in places such as California and Romania as well.

Luke Brown stumbled across the imposing monolith in Cornwall and captured a video of the metallic object.

Scroll to the top of this article to watch the video.

He posted to Facebook: “I was left in shock and awe earlier at finding a monolith at the centre of the Merry Maidens stone circle near sunset, the one time I left my camera at home.

“It was a thing of beauty but I can’t help thinking of the damage that may have been done at this beautiful protected natural heritage site.”

CornwallLive has this morning been to visit the site, but the monolith is no longer there.

A local captured footage of the strange monolith
A local captured footage of the strange monolith
(Image: Luke Brown)

This comes after another of the metal pieces was found on Dartmoor earlier this week.

The smooth stainless steel column is 2.5 metre tall and was spotted about half a mile from the nearest road on the north of the Moor on Thursday (December 10), DevonLive reported.

Steve Garnsworthy, who lives in Crediton, was astounded when he saw the monolith as he was walking his dog about half a mile from Throwleigh on the north side of Dartmoor.

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“When I first saw it I thought ‘What the heck is that?’ I didn’t know there were other monoliths appearing and I wondered if it had been put there for a reason.

“It looks odd there – but strangely nice at the same time.

“It was like the War of the Worlds was coming to fruition, where the creatures come out from the crust of the earth.

“It looks as though it’s growing out of the ground. It appears to be very solid and stable – I didn’t touch it but my dog went up to it and was rubbing against it and it didn’t move at all.

“I think it’s about 2.5 metres tall. Bigger than me. It looks like some people have tried to scratch their names on it.”

Asked if he had installed the mysterious object Steve laughed: “I wouldn’t be able to carry it – it’s heavy and I’ve only got one leg!”

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