MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Location: file:///C:/D14C4994/lanyonquoit.htm Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset="us-ascii" Situated beside the Penzance to Morvah road, on high ground midway between Morvah and Madron, this intriguing structure is the visible remain= s of a late Neolithic or early Bronze Age burial mound of the type known general= ly as Penwith Chamber Tombs

Situate= d beside the Penzance= to Morvah road, on high ground midway between Morvah and Madron, this <= span class=3DGramE>intriguing  stru= cture is the visible remains of a late Neolithic or early Bronze Age burial mound= of the type known generally as  <= span class=3DSpellE>Penwith Chamber Tombs.  Originally covered by a mound of earth and stones some 90' long  and= 40' wide, this impressive construction would have made quite a feature in the landscape. Thought originally to have held the cremated remains of a Bronze= Age chieftain, it now seems likely to have served  more as a communal mausoleu= m to 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= nes had become damaged. Other quoits or dolmens can be found in the area in var= ying stages of preservation. Lanyon Quoit however boasts the heaviest capstone, weighing in  at  just over 13 tons.

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