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Cornish Stonehenge-like structure near Camborne stands once more

By bevcoumbe  |  Posted: November 08, 2013

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The first stone of the quoit is raised at Carwynnen, at the site near Camborne are l-r; Field archaeologist James Gossip, Project manager Pip Richards and lead archaeologist Jacky Nowakowski.

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Work has started to raise Carwynnen quoit, a Stonehenge like structure that was built by early man, near Camborne.

The ancient scheduled monument, built 5,000 years ago, fell in the 1960s.

Volunteer diggers battled in the wind and rain alongside experts to expose the socket for the first stone, or orthostat, so that it could be placed in its original position at Cromlech Parc or Frying Pan Field.

During the operation on hallow’s eve, Sally Herriett demonstrated ancient technology, looking at prehistoric artifacts and the art of flint knapping; making tools using flint.

The Sustainable Trust’s £55,000 restoration project will resume in the spring, when a time capsule will be buried at the site, and hopefully completed by Midsummer’s Day.

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  • Jonny2010  |  November 08 2013, 5:34PM

    ... but I do agree with TheGeofflane with the opening "I hope this work remains true to Cornwall's history". YES. I AGREE. I hope "English Heritage" do not get their grubby dirty money-orientated hands on OUR heritage :)

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  • Jonny2010  |  November 08 2013, 5:31PM

    TheGeofflane clearly has issues. I suppose St Piran spoke the Queen's English as well?

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  • TheGeofflane  |  November 08 2013, 1:28PM

    I hope this work remains true to Cornwall's history, and won't be sullied by a Chinese black and white flag on its completion. This quoit predates Cornwall and is also several thousand years older than St. Piran, the Englishman from Ireland. It also has nothing to do with tin. It is older than Cornwall, it is older than England. It is part of all our history and should be revered and celebrated as such.

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  • cweatherhill  |  November 08 2013, 1:22PM

    Why does the reporter feel compelled to say that Carwynnen Quoit is "Stonehenge-like"? It isn't. It's nothing like Stonehenge. It's a completely different type of monument, up to a thousand years older than any of the stone structures at Stonehenge: a portal dolmen, not a henge-circle.

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