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Zennor Quoit

Zennor Quoit

OS grid ref:-SW 469 380

A superb example of a prehistoric burial chamber, Zennor Quoit stands on the Amalveor Downs around 1km from the ancient village of Zennor. The chamber is well preserved, the massive capstone, which weighs an estimated 12.5 tons, has fallen and rests against it. The chamber itself consists of seven upright stones and was originally covered by a cairn.

Zennor Quoit

Zennor Quoit

Reproduced courtesy of Sundial Photographics

In 1861 the quoit was nearly demolished by a local farmer who wished to build a cow shed on the site. The alarmed and indignant vicar intervened and prevented him from doing so by offering a financial inducement. The stone posts for the proposed cow shed can still be seen on the site.

Excavation revealed cremated bones, flint and Neolithic style pottery.

The Route to Zennor Quoit

*From the village of Zennor walk along the road in an easterly direction towards St. Ives for about three quarters of a mile. Just past the summit of a hill opposite a house named 'Eagles Nest' is located a path onto the moor. (Just beyond will be found a layby with parking for a few cars for those who wish to drive this far).

*Follow the track onto the moor, at a division in the track take the left fork and proceed towards the ruined mine building.

*Follow the track opposite the ruin heading west toward Zennor Quoit.

See also:-

Prehistoric Sites in Cornwall