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Sunday, 09 December 2012 16:35

Partners

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Cornwall Heritage Trust aims to protect Cornwall's unique and precious historic sites. It also runs an education programme and provides grants to individuals and other organisations.

The Cornwall Archaeological Society, with its roots extending back to the West Cornwall Field Club (founded in 1935), is the leading organisation for Cornwall's archaeologists, both amateur and professional.

The Sustainable Trust has engaged Historic Environment at Cornwall Council to deliver training for amateur archaeologists and to run the project to English Heritage requirements. Headed up by Jacky Nowakowski BA MifA FSA and Community Archaeologist James Gossip BA MIfA, the volunteers worked with enthusiasm and excellence.



We are grateful for the patronage of Professor Charles Thomas CBE DL Dlitt FBA FSA, who commented:-

“As a little Camborne boy, I and my younger brother and baby sister (in pram) used to be taken for long walks to Treslothan; past Killivose, then Wesley's Oak, The Rocks, along hound field past Stennack woods and down leafy lane to our goal, Frying Pan Field. Only later did I learn that this was so called because it contained the Devil's Frying Pan! Many, many times I went to this remote part of Camborne parish, and when as an adult I became both local historian and an archaeologist I used to wonder about Carwynnen Cromlech or Quoit. Why here? Why not on a prominent hill top? Did the field contain prehistoric lynchets or anything else? Well, I never dreamt that in my pensioner years there could and would be an excavation, or that it would prove so tantalisingly productive. This monument stands on its own; apparently it was not contained in a large cairn or mound, may have been designed as open and accessible, had some kind of paving, and really must be seen as a ritual centre rather than primarily for burials. Its all so exciting that we can hardly wait for the next phase and the eventual reconstruction. Where did its builders and users live? Shall we ever know? This part of Camborne parish has its own, sometimes rather frightening, character. We have a major monument, not just for Cornwall, but for neolithic Britain. Well done, all those who took part, and the best of fortune for the next step.”

Sunday, 09 December 2012 16:34

Funding History

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Several attempts have been made to restore the Quoit since its fall in 1966. In 2009 The Sustainable Trust were able to negotiate for the land and raise funds through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Several smaller Trusts helped by contributing to the match funding:- The Cornwall Heritage Trust, the Cornwall Archaeological Society, The Cornwall Community Fund.

Sunday, 09 December 2012 16:33

Future Plans

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Future plans include improving the wildlife corridor between the existing woods on either side of the field.

Sunday, 09 December 2012 16:32

Recent History

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Until it’s acquisition by The Sustainable Trust in Spring 2009, the Cromlech lay on the Pendarves estate on the edge of Camborne. The surrounding woodlands and plantations are part of the estate’s wider landscape and, as engravings and early photos show, the quoit would at one time have been visible from Pendarves house.

Sunday, 09 December 2012 16:30

Introduction

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Carwynnen Quoit is one of Cornwall’s lesser known Neolithic monuments belonging to a class of portal dolmens, the largest concentration of which lie high on the moors of West Penwith, where Lanyon Quoit, Mulfra Quoit and Chun Quoit are some of the best-known examples. For the past 40 or so years the massive stones which make up the monument have lain in a collapsed heap in a field which, up until recent times, was intensively-farmed.

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