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Re: Trethevy Quoit in danger
Mar 01, 2013, 21:33
thesweetcheat wrote:
Littlestone wrote:
If I’ve understood correctly we’re now faced with a secondary problem – ie that to properly conserve the structure not only does the bank need to be extended but also that the whole thing needs to be taken down and (correctly) reassembled. There are precedents for that sort of remedial work (think the Leaning Tower of Pisa) where unsuitable materials or techniques have been used on works of art etc. Could we ever hope that English Heritage would embark on such a programme at Trethevy...

There is a recent EH precedent in the form of Hetty Pegler's Tump. They closed the chambers due to fears of collapse/public safety and turfed the entrance in, then carried out structural work and reopened the chambers.

Trethevy would be in theory a very 'easy' monument to take apart and put back in the right order (assuming my assumptions are correct as to how the stones were originally positioned that is) because there are so few of them (eight in total including the capstone) to deal with. Every one of them however would flatten you if they tipped over so it would need heavy lifting gear. All but the front closure stone are resting on the surface/bedrock hence the reason for the bank to be maintained for stability.
How much of the Tump did they repair do you know Alken, was it extensive?
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