The restoration of this majestic stone monument to its original form and on the original site was executed as reported at that time in the West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser on 4th April 1834, with the aid of “powerful machinery”. Perhaps a steam or traction engine was brought onto the land to help reposition the uprights and balance the capstone back into place: pieces of clinker were found in several of the test pits.
The bakelite fragments found in the field close to the quoit seem to be bits of china clay pigeons!
After 15 days of hard graft, great camaraderie, fun and palpable daily excitement, the Big Dig at Carwynnen Quoit came to a fitting finale on 3 October: the excavation had revealed the full extent of the original footprint of this megalithic monument.
This challenging archaeological project at Carwynnen Quoit kicked off to a fine and successful start in early July. Over 5 days the team opened up a number of small test pits in the area immediately around the stones as well as along the terrace, upon which, this now ruined ancient monument, sits.
In 2012 two excavations were held. The first was to make a preliminary investigation through test pits. The stones were then removed from the place where they had collapsed and the 'Big Dig' was undertaken.
One of Cornwall’s best-known geologists visited the excavation and gave his expert comment on the stones. Colin Bristow told us that the monument lay right on the contact zone of the Carmenellis granite and the lower-lying killas. He suggested that the stones were probably sourced from the area and that they had not been moved at any great distance by the Neolithic community who erected this impressive portal dolmen.
We have a variety of interesting events running until next June. Then we will need to raise funds for the final Restoration Phase.
History shows that this site has inspired creativity. This is an area of the work which we enjoy concentrating on. In this way, in a world where facelessness and corporations rule, we celebrate our differences and educate about the importance of our Cornish Megaliths.
We aim to engender pride and cultural entitlement, providing an accessible site for outdoor education and leisure.
A short film is being made about the project by Awen Productions CIC.
An education pack about Carwynnen Quoit can be downloaded.
A second pack about the geography and sites in the area is under preparation.
The results from the education week at Troon were excellent.