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UK: Carwynnen Quoit rebuild completed
Work to rebuild a collapsed ancient Cornish monument has been completed on the day of the summer solstice.

Carwynnen Quoit rebuild completed
The capstone measuring 3.3m (11ft) long, 2.5m (8ft) wide and 30cm (1ft) thick was
 dropped into position by crane [Credit: BBC]

Carwynnen Quoit, or Giant's Quoit, a 5,000-year-old burial chamber near Troon, collapsed in 1966.

The burial chamber had fallen apart but, with help from archaeologists, it is standing proud once again.

Replacing the capstone was the last piece of work carried out by owners the Sustainable Trust, which bought the site in 2009.

Carwynnen Quoit rebuild completed
Archaeological digs established how the monument should
 be rebuilt [Credit: BBC]

Leading architect on the project, Jacky Nowakowski said: "It's a magical moment to get to this stage in the project. I feel exhilarated to bring the capstone home and make the monument complete again. A lot of people have come together to bring an ancient monument back to life, so today's a real celebration of that amazing achievement."

The ancient granite monument is believed to date as far back as the Neolithic period.

The Cornwall Sustainable Trust and Cornwall Heritage Trust employed professional archaeologists to help research and rebuild it.

Carwynnen Quoit rebuild completed
Carwynnen Quoit before the collapse in 1966
 [Credit: BBC]

Initial work saw two support stones replaced in their original Neolithic footings but the third stone had to be adjusted to comply with health and safety regulations.

The main capstone measuring 3.3m (11ft) long, 2.5m (8ft) wide and 30cm (1ft) thick was dropped into position by a large crane.

According to the trust, Carwynnen Quoit is among 12 similar monuments around the county.

Source: BBC News Website [June 21, 2014]