Celebration as capstone restored to 5,000 year old Carwynnen Quoit this Saturday

Celebration as capstone restored to 5,000 year old Carwynnen Quoit this Saturday

Celebration as capstone restored to 5,000 year old Carwynnen Quoit this Saturday

First published in Cornwall

An event has been planned to mark a milestone in the restoration of the 5000 year old monument Carwynnen Quoit this Saturday.

Carwynnen Quoit is one of Cornwall’s lesser known Neolithic monuments belonging to a class of portal dolmens, the largest concentration of which lie high on the moors of West Penwith.

For the past 40 or so years the massive stones which make up the monument have lain in a collapsed heap in a field which, up until recent times, was intensively farmed.

The iconic shape of the dolmen has been used on the Camborne Rugby Club and Troon Cricket Club badges.

Portal dolmens are funerary and ceremonial monuments of the Early and Middle Neolithic period, the dated examples showing construction in the period 3500- 2600 BC.

As burial monuments of Britain's early farming communities, they are among the oldest visible field monuments to survive in the present landscape. A massive capstone covers the chamber, and some examples show traces of a low cairn or platform around it. Some sites have traces of a kerb around the cairn and certain sites show a forecourt area often edged by a facade of upright stones.

The event on Saturday June 21, will start at 3pm, with the placing of the capstone.

From 4pm there will be music from the Bagas Crowd and the Red River Singers, as well as food and dancing.

To read the amazing story of the monument's restoration click here.

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