Trethevy Quoit

Trethevy Quoit – The Giant’s House


Located on the southern side of Bodmin Moor is the biggest, and best preserved of all of Cornwall’s quoits – Trethevy Quoit.In this photo you can clearly see the hole cut into the capstone letting the sunlight through. The purpose of this hole is not certain, although it is suggested to have had some astronomical use. Whatever the use it must have taken significant effort in the days before power tools and tungsten carbide drill bits!

Quoits of this kind are also known as portal dolmens, portal refers to the entrances and a dolmen is a burial chamber. This dolmen dates back to the Stone Age and must have been built for someone of great importance. What we see today is would have been buried under a mound of earth when it was constructed, leaving just a stone chamber.

Trethevy Quoit is an unimaginable feat of engineering. The enormous capstone alone weighs several tons and placing it on top of the other stones would have taken considerable manpower.

At the time of writing there are concerns over the site as horses have been allowed to graze the field. This has not only churned up the field and grass around the monument but could eventually, if left unchecked cause structural damage.

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