Cornwall (3) Lanyon Quoit

 

Cornwall. Lanyon-1

 

‘Quoit’ is the Cornish word for a dolmen.  A dolmen was constructed using three or more large stones supporting a huge capstone, as seen in this photo.  The dolmen (quoit) formed the entrance to a tomb or burial chamber and was covered with earth and small rocks for protection

The Lanyon Quoit was probably originally built around 4000 BCE, but it was rebuilt in 1824.  The original earth covering had already disappeared over the centuries and the exposed stone structure had collapsed during a particularly severe storm on 19 October 1819

 

 

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