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Chambered Tomb

Neolithic period 4000 to 2500 BC

A chambered tomb is a megalithic structure used for communal burial during the Neolithic period. Megalithic means ‘made from large stones’ and these sites consist of a number of large stones set upright supporting a massive horizontal capstone to form a small chamber which was used to house the remains of the dead. Some may originally have been set within a stony mound or cairn. In Celtic areas they are known as quoits or dolmens.

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Examples to visit

Chûn Quoit 

Situated on high ground with panoramic views, four large uprights support an irregular capstone to form a small chamber surrounded by a low roughly circular mound with traces of kerbstones.

Trethevy Quoit

Trethevy is considered to be the best preserved quoit in Cornwall and one of the most impressive of its type in Britain. Sited on a promontory overlooking the confluence of streams which flow southwards to become the River Seaton; the northern skyline is dominated by Caradon Hill and the granite massif of Minions Moor.