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Lanyon Quoit

Giant’s Table

A megalithic dolmen located in the Penwith Peninsula, in western Cornwall, England. It is one of the most famous and well-preserved Neolithic monuments in Cornwall and is known for its historical and archaeological significance.

Lanyon Quoit, like many ancient monuments, is the subject of local legends and folklore. Some stories suggest that giants placed the capstone on the upright stones, which gave rise to the name “Giant’s Table.” Another legend says this is where Arthur had his meal before his last battle.

Lanyon Quoit consists of several large standing stones supporting a massive capstone, which weighs around 13.5 tons. The capstone is an impressive flat stone that rests on three upright stones. The structure dates back to the Neolithic period, making it over 5,000 years old. It is estimated to have been constructed between 3500 and 2500 BC.

The purpose of megalithic structures like Lanyon Quoit is a subject of scholarly debate. It is commonly believed that they served as burial chambers, where the remains of the deceased were interred. However, some structures may have had other ritual or ceremonial funcions.