Now here is something to think about! The Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record show the OS grid reference as SX13210 88190. So that's one problem out of the way. The 'quoit' is in the Civil District of North Cornwall DC and the Ecclesiastical parish of Davidstow. It is listed as being either a
Prehistoric LONG BARROW or Post-Medieval SPOIL HEAP. Further, the records state 'Dewey suggested that a large slab, surrounded by a bank and internal ditch, were the remains of a cromlech or long barrow 60ft by 30ft (b1). However, this identification is doubted by Grinsell and Daniel, who consider it more likely to be a natural feature (b2,b3). The OS surveyors agree with this view, considering the cromlech to be a natural outcrop and the faint traces of a ditch the remains of a track (h2). "Dewey's views and plan seem exaggerated and inaccurate" (h2). However, Dewey's claim also rests upon the fact that the capstone of the 'cromlech' is of a non-local rock. This should be checked before entirely dismissing the feature as natural. The mound was visible on air photos and was interpreted as a spoil heap by the NMP'.
Finds - None.
1 1911 FV DEWEY
2 1976 FV OS
1 1911 DEWEY, H
VOL 18, 362-364 JRIC
2 1953 GRINSELL, LV
THE ANCIENT BURIAL-MOUNDS OF ENGLAND 124
3 1950 DANIEL, GE THE PREHISTORIC CHAMBER TOMBS OF ENGLAND AND WALES 241
1 0000 RAF 106G,UK,1498,4164-5
SMR No 7 OS No 27 Project ID Category Created 01/01/1997
Surve Morp Updated 26/04/2006
So! What do you lot reckon, after all these chaps are supposed to know?
Posted by bergman
2nd May 2006ce
Edited 2nd May 2006ce