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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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  • As an avid hunter of neolithisc and bronze age sites in the UK, Trevethy Quoit was on the list to see ( again). Its sheer size and the manpower that created it is awesome, and though once covered in e...  more »
  • A very well preserved Neolithic burial chamber in Cornwall, managed by English Heritage. The drive is an adventure in itself, on those narrow Cornish lanes. Parking is available with a few bays on the...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Nice view and interesting stones. Warning - a lot of the public footpaths around are completely overgrown
  • Much bigger than I expected. Well worth the diversion on your way to Minions and the Hurlers but not for a visit without moving on to somewhere else. There is little else nearby to occupy you. Great for photography.
  • Nice stones. Good for crawling and climbing and a good stopping point for any expedition
  • Great ancient monument that you can walk up to. Free parking.
  • OK it's a few big rocks in a field But if you have a dog and a picnic it's just what you need! On route to an attraction and not wanting to munch sandwiches in Liskeard town we drove up the winding back road, parked in the handy car park and munched lunch whilst the dog ran in the enclosed field. Perfect.

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