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Trethevy Quoit, Bodmin

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Trethevy Quoit is a well-preserved megalithic tomb that lies between St Cleer and Darite in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is known locally as "the giant's house". Standing 9ft high, it consists of five standing stones capped by a large slab.LocationTrethevy Quoit is north of Liskeard in the hamlet of Tremar Coombe. Trethevy farmhouse is a Grade II* listed building. Nearby are The Hurlers, three stone circles dating from the late Bronze Age. The site is managed by the Cornwall Heritage Trust on behalf of English Heritage.ConstructionLike other portal tombs of this type, Trethevy Quoit was originally covered by a mound. The remnants of this suggest a diameter of 6.5 metres. The remaining seven stones and the 3.7 m long and 10.5-ton cover slab were inside the mound. At the upper end of the cover slab is a natural hole, which may have been used for astronomical observation. The group of horizontal stones is composed of a fallen back wall, two side wall stones, which overlap, a front stone and a somewhat remote flanking stone. The special feature of Cornish portal graves is that by such stones sometimes a smaller partially closed area is created before the front end. Some stones have hole-like perforations as decoration. The front stone is often called an entrance stone, although in most portal graves this can not be moved. The Trevethy Quoit is a rare exception here, because a small rectangular stone moving at the bottom right of the front allows access to the grave chamber, which is now opened only very rarely. The back of the chamber has collapsed inwards and now forms a pile inside the chamber. Erected this stone would be about the height of the front stone, so that the cover slab would not have once been held-up by the side stones, but rested almost horizontal solely on the front stone and rear walls. However, there would have been between the support stones and the side walls a considerable gap, by which soil could have penetrated into the grave chamber. It is therefore likely that the collapse of the rear wall and the falling-down of the cover slab damaged the side stones.
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  • Trethevy quoit is really worth a visit and is beautiful overlooking St Cleer. It is now in the care of English Heritage. Just please remember that this is basically a grave so treat it with respect.  more »
  • We really had to work to get to this, roads were closed due to roadworks, didn't help either. Access is up a single track road, we followed a tractor that filled the space, right up to his farmyard by...  more »
  • Not well signposted, but parking for about 4 cars at the edge of a tiny village green. The Quoit is visible from the carpark and very easy to get access to. Definitely worth visiting.  more »
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  • A very impressive tomb from late stone age. Freely accessible, without the usual parking/entry fees. Unfortunately, the nearby houses disturb the dignity of this beautiful place..
  • Super Neolithic monument. How clever of these Stoneagers to place it so close to a convenient road and car park. Amazing bit of work, and pretty well preserved. This thing is nearly 5000 years old! Nothing round here as old as that, except for Trago Mills jokes.
  • Interesting landmark in an out of the way location. We had minor difficulty finding it. Narrow laneways not for the faint of heart. Takes about 5 mins to view the whole thing.
  • Very good and the best I have ever seen! It does not cost any money to get in and is in a very nice place.
  • Trethevy Quoit; one of the most enigmatic yet eloquent Neolithic structures in the UK. Contrary to popular belief, this 6000 year old 'Dolmen' stands almost 'as built' except for one upright having fallen inwards. The upright was apparently not a supportive stone, so the huge capstone was unaffected and is still in exactly the same position as it was placed. The builders of this granite 'dolmen' had a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, as evidenced by multiple Solar alignments that can still be observed today if you know where to look. The last few years have been spent observing the structure at all times of day and night, throughout the seasons, and various ways have been discovered in which it works as a precision astronomical instrument. The stones have been 'worked' to enable many of the Optical Dynamics, and there are even remnants of what look suspiciously like figurative carvings! With each visit we become more convinced that this beautiful and enduring monument will also have Lunar and Stellar observational capabilities built in to its multi-faceted light and shadow casting form!