Trethevy Quoit is a prehistoric monument located near St. Cleer, in Cornwall, England. It is also known as the “Giant’s House” or “Giant’s Quoit”.
Trethevy Quoit is a dolmen, which is a type of megalithic tomb consisting of a large flat stone that is supported by several upright stones. The dolmen at Trethevy Quoit is believed to have been built around 3,500 to 4,500 years ago, during the Neolithic period.
The monument is composed of five large granite stones, four of which support the capstone that weighs over 10 tonnes. The stones are arranged in a rectangular shape, with the capstone forming a roof over the central chamber. The chamber itself is accessible via a small entrance at one end of the dolmen.
The original purpose of the monument is not known, but it is thought to have been used as a burial chamber for important individuals or as a ritual site for ceremonies related to the dead or the ancestors.
Trethevy Quoit is open to visitors, and is located near several other prehistoric sites in Cornwall, such as the Hurlers stone circles and the Cheesewring rock formation. It is a fascinating example of the prehistoric architecture and engineering, and provides insight into the beliefs and practices of the people who built it.