to Morvah road, on high ground midway between Morvah and Madron, this <=
is the visible remains of a late Neolithic or early Bronze Age burial mound=
the type known generally as <=
class=3DSpellE>Penwith Chamber Tombs.
Originally covered by a mound of earth and stones some 90' long and=
wide, this impressive construction would have made quite a feature in the
landscape. Thought originally to have held the cremated remains of a Bronze=
chieftain, it now seems likely to have served more as a communal mausoleu=
house the remains of many generations , maintained over a period of several
hundred years. The structure collapsed supposedly during a storm in 1815 and
was restored in 1824 but sadly not to its former specifications as some sto=
had become damaged. Other quoits or dolmens can be found in the area in var=
stages of preservation. Lanyon Quoit
however boasts the heaviest capstone, weighing in at just over 13 tons.