Chun Quoit Burial Mound, Cornwall, England



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The History of Chun Quoit

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Chun, or Chûn, Quoit is a megalithic portal burial dolmen or tomb of the Neolithic Era. Built around 2400 BC Chun Quoit is located on a high moorland ridge near Morvah on the Penrith peninsula, Cornwall, England. Chun would have been a chamber at the core of a mound of earth and stone with two stones acting as a doorway to the chamber. Dolmen are known as quoits in the British Isles because folklore told that the dolmen were the result of giants playing a game of Quoits with large stones. Quoits was a popular game in which steel hoops were thrown over a ring from a distance.


Standing alone high on the wild Chun Moor Chun Quoit is a pretty small dolmen that was once a closed stone chamber at the heat of a burial mound 35 ft (11mts) in diameter. Chun Quoit has a large mushroom shaped capstone which is about 3.3 m (11 ft) by 3 m (10 ft) and 0.8 m (2 ft 7 in) thick. This is supported on four upright stone orthostats, about 2 m (7 ft) high. When covered this burial chamber would have been linked to the outside by a long tunnel which gives such Neolithic Era burial mounds the name of portal tombs or portal graves.


Chun is typical of the dolmen of Cornwall and the Scilly Isles being small and less impressive than in other parts of the British Isles. The dolmen would have been buried with earth and stones and two large stone would have stood at the entrance to the burial chamber. Over the last 4000 years the earth covering the Chun Quoit has been washed away leaving only the stone burial chamber standing.


Little is known about the burial practices of Neolithic Britain’s but evidence suggesting the Quoits were centres for ancestor worship has been found in the archaeological examination of Neolithic burial mounds in Orkney.

Where Is Chun Quoit?


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Coordinates: 50.1486°N 5.6377°W

Chun Quoit is located near Chun Castle on a moorland ridge. If you zoom in on the map you will see it to the left of Chun Castle. It is accessed via a footpath from a farm on the road. There is plenty of parking.

 

 

 


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