A piece of Cornwall's neolithic history will stand proud again after funding was found to restore the Carwynnen Quoit ancient monument near Camborne.
After three years of fundraising, the Sustainable Trust, owners of the field formerly known as Cromlech Parc or Frying Pan Field, have finally found the required level of funding to restore the ancient monument to standards required by English Heritage.
The Sita Cornwall Trust are funding the excavations and restoration, and the Heritage Lottery Fund are funding the education and outreach side of the project.
A spokesman said: "The Sustainable Trust are also grateful to the Tanner Trust, Cornwall Heritage Trust, The Council of British Archaeology and Cornwall Archaeological Society. Support has also come from our Patron Charles Thomas, the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies and Camborne Old Cornwall Society. Without this diverse interest, the larger bids would not have been forthcoming.
"Our volunteers have been helpful too, pledging to carry on the good work after the successful phase of archaeological investigations last year. A film will be made, a bi-lingual ballad will be commissioned and an App will be built. Several exhibitions and talks will be held along with education days for schools.
The final excavations will take place between the October 21 to 31 with an open day on Sunday 27.. Weather permitting, the erection of the first support stone, or orthostat, will take place during the morning of October 31.
Pip Richards, Director of the Sustainable Trust said “We are delighted with this long awaited news and are looking forward to fulfilling our ambition to restore this unusual iconic monument. Bringing Neolithic history into focus through what was once considered just a pile of old stones, and giving the local community something to be proud of, makes us happy to undertake the work.
"So much good feeling and encouragement was engendered during the last phase of the project, it makes it all worthwhile”.