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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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  • A pleasant walk from the car park , a little steep for the frail or unsure. Great views ,unusual placement of stones ,old minings ,great for dog walkers . 
  • Well worth a visit if you are into ancient monuments and megaliths, and or ancient burial sites. There is a small car park just opposite the gateway to the quiot. 
  • The Quoit built long before Celtic culture is a tomb built in the Neolithic period. It is one of the least visited ancient monuments in Cornwall, there is no car park or toilets it stands next to a fe...  read more »
  • Super Neolithic monument. How clever of these Old 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.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic example of a quoit, in a weird location at the back of a row of houses.
  • Spectacularly well-preserved burial chamber, well worth a look if you're in the area (or even if you aren't - go anyway.)
  • 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!
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