Ancient Stones for Cee’s B&W Challenge

This week’s topic for Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge, is ‘Older Than Fifty Years’.

I think this pile of huge stones on the southern side of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall England, really qualify. The Neolithic ‘Trethevy Quoit’ stands in the middle of a field next to a small housing estate on the moor. It’s made up of five large standing stones which support a massive capstone.


This megalithic tomb stands 9ft tall and is known locally as ‘The Giant’s House’. The quoit which probably served to mark a community grave, was originally covered by a grassy mound, and is believed to have been erected between 3700-3500 BC, so it’s pretty old. Now I would like to know how those stones which must each weigh several tons, were brought here, and then precisely positioned without the use of cranes or modern machinery. Do you believe in the ancient art of levitation?


To join in Cee’s challenge, click the link below.  Hope you’re having a great weekend. Tonight is dinner out with four new friends. Just as well, as our kitchen is still very much under construction.


69 comments on “Ancient Stones for Cee’s B&W Challenge

  1. I wonder if the holey stone on top was a holey stone when the tomb was constructed, or if it became a holey stone due to water over the centuries? Great shot.

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  4. I was thinking of levitation, Sylvia – and was happy when you mentioned it. I agree, they knew something about moving large stones that we don’t know. Very clever people 😀

  5. They must have used some form of long forgotten technology, Sylvia – that or they were incredibly strong back then! And what a great word ‘quoit’… never heard it before!

  6. Every day in France I look at ancient stones, buildings, churches,and wonder how on earth they built them with only their bare hands. Whilst in England, think of Stonehenge, incredible. I don’t know these stones, but I do know Cornwall and Bodmin Moor, such an incredibly atmospheric place, now you’re going to make me homesick!!!

  7. It is pretty amazing to think about how they managed to make this that long ago without the use of machinery like we would today. Mind boggling!

  8. Fascinating.. I always wonder how did they do it back then too. Just the thought of doing so without today tool is daunting. How many people need to build such thing and how long they expected to finish. Perhaps, with a little magic from an ancient wizard helped 🙂

    Nice rendering in B&W.

  9. I used to live on the edge of Bodmin Moor, and it really can be a most atmospheric and inspiring place. What is this question concerning levitation, Sylvia? I think it’s now known how standing stones came to be placed through the use of earth ramps, ditches, and ropes; is that not so?

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