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Carwynnen Quoit

Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech

<b>Carwynnen Quoit</b>Posted by postmanImage © Chris Bickerton
Also known as:
  • The Giant's Quoit
  • The Giant's Frying Pan
  • Pendarvis Quoit
  • Pendarves Quoit
  • Caerwynen

Nearest Town:Camborne (3km NNW)
OS Ref (GB):   SW650372 / Sheet: 203
Latitude:50° 11' 14.9" N
Longitude:   5° 17' 33.05" W

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More than a pile of stones: The archaeological quest at a burial chamber in Neolithic Cornwall


Jacky Nowakowski, the Lead Archaeologist with the Cornwall Archaeological Unit, on the amazing restoration of the Carwynnen Quoit megalith... continues...
moss Posted by moss
14th January 2015ce
Edited 14th January 2015ce

1920s picnic picture recreated at ancient monument


A photograph of picnickers enjoying lunch at an ancient monument in Cornwall has been re-enacted almost a century after the original party packed up their hampers... continues...
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
30th July 2014ce

Was quoit a place of worship?


Carwynnen Quoit is standing proud again for the first time in half a century thanks to the efforts of a community group. Eminent Cornish archaeologist Professor Charles Thomas explains the ancient monument’s significance... continues...
moss Posted by moss
16th July 2014ce

Ancient monument Carwynnen Quoit rebuild completed


Work to rebuild a collapsed ancient Cornish monument has been completed on the day of the summer solstice.

Carwynnen Quoit, or Giant's Quoit, a 5,000-year-old burial chamber near Troon, collapsed in 1966.

The burial chamber had fallen apart but, with help from archaeologists, it is standing proud once again... continues...
moss Posted by moss
24th June 2014ce

Archaeologists to reconstruct 5000 year old monument near Camborne


Archaelogists are to finally start work on reconstructing Giant’s Quoit, a Stonehenge-like structure built 5,000 years ago by early man living near Camborne... continues...
moss Posted by moss
18th October 2013ce
Edited 18th October 2013ce

Latest TV news from on-site

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-19808130
Mr Hamhead Posted by Mr Hamhead
2nd October 2012ce

Quoit stones lifted by Sustainable Trust


Preparations for our big dig at Carwynnen Quoit went into full swing on Monday September 10th when a large crane arrived on site to dismantle the pile of stones and temporarily remove them to a safe place... continues...
Posted by Sustrust
12th September 2012ce
Edited 12th September 2012ce

Tomb of the Ancients Saved....

In yesterdays Western Morning News...

http://www.thisiswesternmorningnews.co.uk/livingcornwall/Tomb-ancients-saved-future/article-946502-detail/article.html
Mr Hamhead Posted by Mr Hamhead
29th April 2009ce

Funds needed...


I have received this email today from a group called the Sustainable Trust...the third paragraph is the interesting bit...

Crenver Grove, the 14Hectare woodland we manage for the Dandelion Trust, now entertains local children as part of Forest School activities... continues...
Mr Hamhead Posted by Mr Hamhead
5th August 2007ce
Edited 5th August 2007ce

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Magic faeries at Carwynnen quoit.
Drove down a one horse track, knackered jalopy rattling alarmingly. My first quoit, stood on its lonesome at the bottom of the field. Lovely, lovely.
Great old photo of 1925 Cornish society picnickers, fascinating - one of them looked like a bohemian.
Quite tastefully done circular benches with saplings planted around them as a viewing area.
Huge capstone, (hadn't yet seen Trethevy Quoit); sparkling quartz stone. As others have mentioned odd mysterious little pits with stones in them dotted around the field.
It was very windy, with sunshine breaking through. As we wandered around we were accompanied by a whistling tune borne on the air , coming & going with each gust. We were enthralled & became increasingly excited, this tune could not be denied. We investigated the whole field boundary hedges & peered into the surrounding woodland; no lone flautist to be seen! At last evidence of the supernatural! Don't accept any food or drink from the faeries Nick says.
It's following me around says the limping one & indeed it was, or rather his metal walking stick, through the holes of which the gale was blowing scales! NOT faeries then! Bugger!
A bit magical all the same.
Posted by carol27
24th September 2015ce
Edited 24th September 2015ce

No fieldnotes since the re-erection, how very odd.

I parked at the gate by the big fancy "look what we did" information board, and took a slow walk down to the dolmen, we had the place to ourselves but the roar of many children playing in the woods drowned out all but the most steadfast of thoughts.
It was a gorgeous evening and we would soon be treated to another jaw dropping Cornish sunset so I decided we would stay until the glorious end, the show would not be over til the fat lady had sung her song.
The stones looked lovely in the setting sunshine, and definitely look better standing up, they did a pretty good job, it's doubtful I'd have come to see a pile of stones half covered in nettles, but this is very good, natures helping out though.
By all accounts, well just one really, this dolmen has a complicated floor, other smaller stones still lie around unexplained, the curve of angled pebbles at the front? of the dolmen are remnants of the paving, or so I'm left to presume, over 2000 finds from the dig and now there's a time capsule down there too.
Almost unbelievably the archaeologists say that the stones were never covered in a mound of any sort, but that you could walk under it even in the neolithic, I cant believe that, an open air burial chamber ?, burial chambers are supposed to keep the remains of the illustrious departed safe, it would be like building a car with no wheels, a plane with no wings, an interstellar mission with no murderous robot. Nope.
We're interrupted a couple of times by photographic opportunists from what looks to be a caravan site in the adjacent trees, but we're sitting at the front on the purpose made sitting stone, out of the way.
Here it comes, the sun is going down, (photo) going, (photo) going (photo) gone.
There are three clumps of nettles that seem not to have been mentioned by the sustainable trust, each clump has a squarish pit dug into the ground and in each pit is a large stone. The only thing I can come up with is Sweetcheat mentioned a nearby stone circle once, I think, maybe it was a dream.
Just like my whole time in Cornwall.
postman Posted by postman
7th August 2015ce

Visited 14.4.10.
Situated on the left of the lane running from Praze-An-Beeble to Troon off the B3303. Very easy to access. Park in front of field gate. There is a large information board giving details of the Quoit and I noticed that someone had built a D.I.Y. model of the quoit on the grass behind the information board. The quoit is still ajumble of stones although the capstone is clearly evident. The stones are visible from the field gate although it is only an easy 2 minute stroll if you want to get up close and personal.
Posted by CARL
28th April 2010ce

Went here on a very hot day in June. Was pleasantly surprised to see that work has started. There are two field gates with space for a couple of cars and easy access to the field.It is nice to see the meadow flowers starting to grow.I await now eagerly for something to happen to the Stones, it is quite a jigsaw puzzel. hamish Posted by hamish
1st July 2009ce

After being re-erected for a brief period in the mid-20th century, this chamber tomb had collapsed again by 1983. Currently still lying in a sorry state; no plans to re-erect it. Last visited in August 2001, nevertheless impressive and atmospheric. chris s Posted by chris s
10th March 2002ce
Edited 26th October 2007ce

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Website for a local campaign group:
http://www.savependarvesquoit.weebly.com
chris s Posted by chris s
26th October 2007ce
Edited 20th February 2009ce

There're the stirrings of a local campaign to get this re-erected according to a recent correspondence in the West Briton newspaper. I for one would like to see it happen, it being the only quoit in the Kerrier area. chris s Posted by chris s
3rd May 2006ce
Edited 26th October 2007ce

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Giantsquoit.org


Restoration is being undertaken by the owners - The Sustainable Trust.
Posted by Sustrust
12th September 2012ce
Edited 12th September 2012ce

Cornovia


Lots of pics of this quoit and others.
stubob Posted by stubob
28th August 2007ce

Pendarvis Quoit - John Greig, 1808


Chris Bond Posted by Chris Bond
21st April 2007ce