Perhaps Weatherhill’s greatest contribution to Cornwall and Britain, are his works on place names and archaeology.
Taking years to complete, Craig surveyed many of Cornwall’s most important monuments, particularly Cornwall’s fortresses and West Penwith’s iconic Courtyard Houses, whose importance was not recognised until recently. Using traditional methods and his draughting skills, his drawings remain exemplary.
Two of these, Cornovia and Belerion, remain in print, and are required reading for Atlantic Arc archaeologists . Follow the link here to a list of his major works, and online shopping links.
His place name works are also hugely important, providing thorough, yet accessible guides to the place names of Cornwall. His approach was to gather as many examples as possible for each place name and, using his knowledge of the Cornish language, to extract the likely meaning. In this sense, he was an old-school philologist and toponymist.