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Gun Rith Menhir

Standing Stone / Menhir


Gun Rith retains its lean

Cornish newspaper "The West Briton" expands on the recent news about Gun Rith Menhir

The restoration process has been carefully planned to ensure that the area is safe for visitors and to make it look exactly as it did before the accident - even down to replacing it with a lean.

Ann Preston-Jones, senior archaeologist at the historic environment service said: "We wanted to make sure that although the stone was going to be built back into the hedge, it would remain as visible as it had been before.

"However, as the stone had almost no foundation and a 15 degree lean, it had become very unstable.

"The only way to make it safe without a base would have been to place it completely upright and to bury it so deep that it would have appeared very much shorter and become rapidly overgrown by trees and shrubs.

"We therefore came to the conclusion that it would be best to stand the stone up in a base as it is something that we have done before for medieval crosses.

"We felt that, in this case, it could be justified because, with the support of a base, most of the height of the menhir can be above the ground and it will be safe for it to lean slightly."

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Posted by phil
4th July 2003ce
Edited 10th January 2007ce

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