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Chun Quoit, near Morvah, Cornwall

Chun Quoit, near Morvah, Cornwall

Artist: Buckler, John Chessell

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1821

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36360

Item number: f.179

Length: 12.7

Width: 19.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Chun Quoit is an early neolithic tomb, standing high on barren moorland near the Iron Age hillfort Chun Castle, and resembles a giant stone mushroom. William Borlase, the 18th-century Cornish antiquarian, gives the definition of the word quoit, "from the oblate and spreading form of the upper Stone (resembling a Discus) this Monument is in Cornwall called by the name of Quoit". Chun is derived from the Cornish 'chy-an-woone', meaning house on the downs.

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