Trethevy Quoit
Trethevy Quoit
A large Neolithic dolmen, or quoit, that is probably the best preserved example in Britain. The dolmen is composed of two large upright stones on each side, capped with a huge, sloping capstone. There is a small stone to enclose the back of the burial chamber (now fallen) and a frontal stone.
The capstone has had an intriguing rectangular hole cut through it in one corner. The burial chamber was originally divided in two with small stone creating an antechamber. This is now difficult to make out.

The quoit is about 2.7 metres high, and sits atop a low mound. The most likely date for the construction of Trethevy Quoit is between 3700 and 3000 BCE.

The quoit is known locally as The Giants House, a tribute to the sheer size of the monument. The name Trethevy is thought to derive from the Cornish for 'place of the graves'.

The quoit stands in a field, and is easily accessed at any time.