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28 August 2005
Eathorne menhir stands again

On August 14, Eathorne menhir was re-erected in its original location. It is a slim granite Bronze Age standing stone, 2.4ms tall near Treverva close to Constantine in Cornwall (England). At some point before 1992 it was uprooted and moved by Phil Clemoes, a farmer who was concerned by its pagan origins and as a devout Methodist didn't want it on his land. Outraged locals launched a campaign and in 1993 he reluctantly re-erected it close to a hedge. Later he covered it with chicken wire and encouraged ivy to grow over it.
     Recently the farm changed hands and the new owner agreed to have the stone put back where it belongs. A team of volunteers, including many from Cornwall County's Historic Environment Service, excavated the site of the stone, dug out the stone from by the hedge and lowered it back into place with a crane. Ann Preston-Jones from Cornwall Historic Environment Service, said: "It was a great project and a very exciting day."

Source: Heritage Action Journal (14 August 2005)

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