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Chun Quoit

Chun Quoit 

The cutest quoit in Cornwall (there are a few equally cute dolmens in Brittany and elsewhere in Europe).
Neolithic burial chamber; would have originally been buried completely under a mound of smaller stones and earth but 6,000 years of Cornish weather has easily disposed of all that!

Gudrun, micritter, Ernest CH, Annemarie and 25 other people have particularly liked this photo


37 comments - The latest ones
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Many thanks, Claude!
2 years ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
It took some serious cooperation to put that up there.
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Ronald Losure club
I doubt it, Ron. This coastal platform was forested, supported probably the same population as today and they would have been VERY eager to heave the pesky granite boulders to one side and get them out of the fields! So any excuse to pile them in a corner somewhere (for funeral or building purposes) would have been welcome; I'm quite sure of that ... although my theory appears nowhere in books about neolithic Cornwall!!
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Narelle Moreno
Narelle Moreno club
Another beautiful shot!! Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you very much, Narelle!
2 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Beautiful landscape capture!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Many thanks,
William!
2 years ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
shapes, colours and textures
2 years ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
That's great!!
2 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Excellent !
2 years ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
C'est vraiment une grande merveille Andy, bon dimanche.
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
buonacoppi,
Gillou,
Erhard,
Jean,
Ulrich,
Mario,
Eunice,
Pam,
Jocelyne,
Mani thanks to you all!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you Aschi!
2 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
They are fascinating!
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Thank you, Rosa.
This is the only one in Cornwall where the capstone hasn't fallen over or off!
2 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
How did they do to put all these heave stones together ????
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Marie-claire Gallet club
They were used to moving these heavy granite boulders because they had to clear the fields of them to plant anything at all! Muscle power and animal power! Anyway, they built up a mound of earth first and placed the stones on and around it. Then hollowed the centre for the burial and then re-covered the stones with smaller stones and more earth so that it would have looked exactly like a tumulus. (I think! I'm not an archaeologist!)
2 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
2 years ago.
 Tanja - Loughcrew
Tanja - Loughcrew club
Here it is again...my favourite place to be buried, Andy ;)
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Ian,
Steve,
Judith,
Betty,
Marie-claire,
Tanja,
Thank you all!
2 years ago.
 Pat29
Pat29
That is so lovely Andy, we haven't been there,
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Pat29
A pity. You could do Men-an-Tol (stoned hole), Lanyon Quoit (dolmen), Nine maidens (stone circle), Men Scryfa (standing stone), Chun Castle (iron age - or earlier- circular fort), and this dolmen - all within easy walking distance of the car park at Bosullow Farm on the Morvah / Madron Road, West Penwith. The approach could be from Penzance to the south or St Ives and Zennor to the east. Something to look forward to!
2 years ago.
 natur' ELLE
natur' ELLE club
superbe dolmen ! ***********
2 years ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
deze zal je toch zeker ook wel hebben beklommen.....?
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Fred Fouarge club
Far too important and precious to climb over it.
2 years ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Photo très intéressante. Nicole.
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Pat,
Annick,
Fred,
Nicole,
Thank you all!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, Philippe!
2 years ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
great!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Karlheinz,
Nora,
Annemarie,
Very many thanks!
2 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A magical image Andy................I'd never heard the word "quoit" in this context before. Every day is a school day on here..!!
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Keith Burton club
Thank you, Keith. It's simply the Cornish word for Dolmen, only used in Cornwall.
2 years ago.
Keith Burton club has replied to Andy Rodker club
Cheers mate...........I eventually figured that out after a bit of googling ;-))
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, Ernest!
2 years ago.
 micritter
micritter club
Amazing. But not my idea of "cute" though :)
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Many thanks, micritter!
I see what you mean, but it is 'cuter' than some of the other behemoths!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, Gudrun!
2 years ago.

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