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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Lanyon Quoit
Country: England County: Cornwall Type: Portal Tomb
Nearest Town: Penzance  Nearest Village: Madron
Map Ref: SW42983369  Landranger Map Number: 203
Latitude: 50.147438N  Longitude: 5.59898W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
4 Ambience:
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3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
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4 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
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5 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
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Couplands visited on 29th Jul 2023 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4

wildtalents visited on 4th Jul 2023 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 4 Mirroring exactly the horizon behind it, this is a beautiful dolmen. The capstone seems delicately poised on three chunky uprights. There's a smaller stone nearby that might have propped up a back-wall, and a flat stone underneath the dolmen. I'm embarrassed to admit it but I took several minutes finding my way back to the country lane where I'd parked. The only solution was too head back to the quoit and then it was suddenly easy. Some kind of weird space-shifting thing?

TheCaptain visited on 13th Jun 2023 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4 It had been swelteringly hot and sunny all day on the southern coast, but there had been a cool sea mist blowing across all day from the north coast. Despite it being very foggy, I decide on an evening visit Madron Well, and anyway, it all adds to the atmosphere. Leaving Madron well, I drive north perhaps to Men-an-Tol but the fog up here is even thicker. I give up with that idea and just park to visit Lanyon Quoit, where I eat my pasty in the cold damp fog blowing across the moor!

hallsifer visited on 19th Feb 2023 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Lovely quoit as usual, didn't get a chance to check out the old cist remainds behind it yet again though.

micske visited on 1st Jan 2023 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 5

Richard13 visited on 19th Jul 2022 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Lanyon Quoit stands next to the road and can be seen from it as you approach. It looks impressive and stands out against the landscape, making for a fine sight. Although it has been reconstructed and has lost some height and impact as a result, it is still a fine and interesting sight and well worth a visit. The area is worth a closer inspection to make out the outline of the associated barrow.

hallsifer visited on 22nd Sep 2021 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Gorgeous site! Visited as part of a hike, ate lunch on surrounding flat ground.

bishop_pam visited on 28th Sep 2017 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 5

ajmp3003 visited on 2nd May 2016 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4

ModernExplorers visited on 9th Mar 2013 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Large dolmen with other megalithic structures in the vicinty

coin visited on 1st Jan 2013 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 5 A great tomb

jeffrep visited on 14th May 2011 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Second visit. First visit September 25, 2005.

brianlavelle visited on 28th Mar 2010 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 3

SteveC visited on 24th Apr 2007 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 5

woodini254 visited on 13th Feb 1996 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 3

BolshieBoris visited on 1st Jun 1987 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 5

Psy1968 visited - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 5

peetdi visited - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 3

kith visited - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 5

lucasn visited - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 5

KieKa visited - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 5

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Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3.86 Ambience: 4.33 Access: 4.29

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by Bladup : Lanyon Quoit after Sunset on the Winter Solstice 2022 (Vote or comment on this photo)
In the care of the National Trust this burial chamber composing three uprights and a capstone is one of the most famous in Cornwall and one of the easiest to reach. The chamber was once covered by a long barrow approximately 25m long by 12m wide. The structure fell in 1815, breaking some of the stones. It was re-erected in 1824, but is now significantly less high. Old drawings show people on horseback below the capstone.

Remains of other cists and structures can be found at the southern end of the large barrow.

A Bronze Age settlement has been is excavated as part of Lanyon bracken clearance, see the comments and enjoy our extensive photo gallery of this evocative site.

Note: Lanyon Quoit after sunset on the Winter Solstice 2022
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Lanyon Quoit submitted by wildtalents : The quite marvellous Lanyon Quoit, photographed summer 2023. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by Humbucker : Nice dramatic sky at Lanyon Quoit, taken near sunset. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by Humbucker : Lanyon Quoit looking across some of the other stones. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by Humbucker : Lanyon Quoit catching the first rays of the morning sun. (4 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by Bladup : Lanyon Quoit and an August Sunset (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by TheCaptain : We have many pictures of Lanyon Quoit in good weather, so I thought I should add one with it a bit different. It had been swelteringly hot and sunny all day on the southern coast, but there had been a cool sea mist blowing across all day from the north coast.

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by BearStuart : Lanyon Quoit. Taken in June 2023, two weeks from the Solstice. Such an amazing place to visit.

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by HarryRocks : From my Stonefolk road trip.

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by TheCaptain : Something a bit different here. A beer from the wonderful Verdant brewery with a series of ancient sites on the cans. Magnificent. (1 comment)

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by Bladup : Lanyon Quoit

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by Ogham : Earl July in Cornwall and I was walking some of the Penwith's ancient sites with a friend who is a member C.A.S.P.N. (Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network).

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by Bladup : Lanyon Quoit and a Sun Halo (2 comments)

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by cromagnonman : Last Monday I took a trip to Lanyon Quoit. Took two shots a couple of hours apart. This was the second. ⭐ Camera Canon EOS R Lens Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Focal Length 14.0 mm ⭐ Sky 20 Stacked images Exposure Time 24s Aperture F2.8 ISO 3200 ⭐ Foreground 2 images Exposure Time 8s Aperture F8.0 ISO 200 ⭐ Date Taken 2022-30-08 01:24:28 (4 comments)

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by cromagnonman : This was the first of two shots I took at Lanyon Quoit last Monday. Bit of an experiment really. No stacking, just a vertical panorama of two images. Gave it a few different noise reduction processes which seem to have worked ok. ⭐ Camera Canon EOS R Lens Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Focal Length 24.0 mm ⭐ Sky vertical panorama of 2 stitched images Exposure Time 14s Aperture F1.4 I...

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by Richard13 : A view of Lanyon Quoit standing proud in the landscape on a warm July day. The building on the horizon is an abandoned tin mine, a relic of a much more recent era in Cornish history.

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Lanyon Quoit submitted by Antonine : 2009

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 205m SE 130° Lanyon Enclosure.* Ancient Village or Settlement (SW43133355)
 354m WSW 246° West Lanyon Enclosure* Ancient Village or Settlement (SW42653356)
 371m ESE 118° Lanyon Enclosure* Misc. Earthwork (SW433335)
 424m WSW 241° Boswarva Carn Hut Circles and Enclosure* Ancient Village or Settlement (SW426335)
 536m N 11° Bosiliack Barrow* Chambered Tomb (SW43113421)
 551m NW 309° Lanyon Farm Standing Stones* Marker Stone (SW42573406)
 590m S 175° Boswarva Carn Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SW430331)
 674m W 275° West Lanyon Quoit* Chambered Tomb (SW42313378)
 700m NNW 343° Bosiliack Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SW42813437)
 714m WNW 296° Lanyon Farm menhir* Modern Stone Circle etc (SW42353403)
 725m NNW 345° Bosiliack Huts* Ancient Village or Settlement (SW42833440)
 852m N 353° Bosiliack Huts N Ancient Village or Settlement (SW42913454)
 877m W 268° West Lanyon Settlement Ancient Village or Settlement (SW421337)
 890m NE 50° Bosiliack standing stone* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SW43693423)
 903m ENE 57° Bosiliack B menhir* Modern Stone Circle etc (SW43763415)
 1.1km ENE 70° Carfury* Standing Stones (SW44003400)
 1.3km NNW 330° Burnt Down Hut Circles* Ancient Village or Settlement (SW424348)
 1.3km NNE 27° Ding Dong Standing Stone* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SW43613478)
 1.3km NNW 342° Men-An-Tol* Holed Stone (SW4264434942)
 1.4km NNE 20° Boskednan 4* Cairn (SW43503495)
 1.4km NNW 346° Men-an-tol Artificial Mound (SW4270135048)
 1.4km NNW 345° Men-an-tol Mound Cairn (SW4266835086)
 1.4km NE 44° Park Vorn* Souterrain (Fogou, Earth House) (SW44043467)
 1.5km ESE 115° Boswarthen menhir* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SW443330)
 1.5km NNE 14° Boskednan stone circle* Stone Circle (SW43423513)
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Lanyon Quoit by lucasn on Sunday, 24 June 2018
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Re: Lanyon Quoit by 4862 on Sunday, 26 March 2017
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This beautiful quoit is quite accessible as it is next to a road and is thought to be the most photographed quoit in Cornwall - although one of the least preserved!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKrX5KnxzeA
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Street View: Lanyon Quoit by holger_rix on Wednesday, 18 May 2016
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Re: Lanyon Quoit by Alta-Falisa on Tuesday, 25 March 2014
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Be it for this site or many others, there are very often cartloads of similar photos, for sure by dedicated contributors.
But as most photos look alike, shouldn't a limit be set or criterion applied (originality of the angle, different weather conditions, change in the surroundings, additional or practical information) ? -- before the portal becomes an unreadable "fourre-tout", an inextricable catch-all ?
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Re: Lanyon Quoit - shrinking? by Anonymous on Tuesday, 04 March 2014
Lanyon quoit used to be tall enough to let a rider pass underneath on a horse. If this is true does anyone have a theory as how it got lower? I know the capstone had been replaced, but why would that have this effect.
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    Re: Lanyon Quoit - shrinking? by Bladup on Wednesday, 05 March 2014
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    You could look at it as early "health and safety", To make it safer after the fall they put the stones that had fallen back into the ground a little deeper, Therefore making it a little lower. It also had the desired [to the repairers] effect of making the capstone level and more table like, This was seen as making it more aesthetic [ha], This drawing from before the collapse also shows 4 uprights [but only 3 touching the stone though] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lanyonquoitborlase.jpg
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Re: Lanyon Quoit by Anonymous on Wednesday, 28 September 2011
you have a list of related sites on the map references but not chun castle and chun quoit
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    Re: Lanyon Quoit by TheCaptain on Wednesday, 28 September 2011
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    The listing of nearby sites lists only the 25 nearest sites on our database. In the case of Lanyon Quoit, the 25th furthest away is Men Scryfa at 1.6 km distance. Chun Castle and Quoit are further away than this, and so do not appear in the listing.

    However, if you look at the embedded Yahoo Map, you will see many more nearby sites plotted on the map, and this does indeed include Chun Castle and Chun quoit, at about 3 km distant. Simply click on their relevant icons to be taken to their sitepage.
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      Re: Lanyon Quoit by Andy B on Wednesday, 28 September 2011
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      That's given me an idea. We only limit the Nearby Site list to 25 to save space so I have changed it so when you click on 'see more info for this site' you will see the full list of 100 nearby sites. ie click here:
      http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=96&all=1&noglimit=1
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        Re: Lanyon Quoit by Anonymous on Wednesday, 28 September 2011
        Andy,
        When you click to expand the list to 100 nearby sites, the site page reloads and you are left at the top of the page, could you put a destination anchor in so when you click to expand the list - the page will then automatically return to that subsection.

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          Destination anchor by Andy B on Monday, 03 October 2011
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          That's added, but only for the lower link (below the nearby sites list) > could you put a destination anchor in so when you click to expand the list - the page will then automatically return to that subsection.
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Re: Bronze Age settlement is excavated as part of Lanyon bracken clearance by 4clydesdale7 on Sunday, 25 September 2011
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Any chance this could be mentioned in the Forest of Dean - Soudley Camp is a superb spot which is being choked to death by bracken. If not the bracken could then spread to the local primary school - a modern 'day of the triffids' - but I suppose there are many other sites like this around the UK
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Bronze Age settlement is excavated as part of Lanyon bracken clearance by Andy B on Saturday, 24 September 2011
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Hoping to unearth a piece of history with excavation

A BRONZE Age settlement containing at least 12 roundhouses is being uncovered beneath dense bracken near Lanyon in west Cornwall.

Excavations have begun at the 3,500-year-old site, which has lain largely undisturbed for centuries, despite being close to monuments such as Men an Tol and Lanyon Quoit.

Previous excavation of two of the roundhouses in the 1980s led to the recovery of Middle Bronze Age and Iron Age artefacts.

Ann Preston-Jones, from English Heritage, said: "Sites of this sort are rare and important, even in West Penwith.

"It will be extremely interesting to see the site cleared of bracken and dug in a way that also reveals the effects that bracken roots can have on buried archaeological layers."

More at
http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Hoping-unearth-piece-history-excavation/story-13289485-detail/story.html
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Young conservationists play part in project to control bracken at ancient landmark by Andy B on Saturday, 24 September 2011
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A PROJECT to control bracken in an area around one of Cornwall's best known ancient landmarks has begun.

The project to spray a "highly selective" herbicide on bracken around Lanyon Quoit follows the introduction of ponies to graze the land on Trengwainton Farm near Penzance.

Contractors will monitor the level of bracken on farmer Stephen Bone's land then spray it with Asulox as part of a conservation grazing scheme.

Gerald Babcock, of Babcock Rural Services, is responsible for carrying out the bracken spraying.

He said: "The aim is to return a healthy biodiversity to the area which is at present dominated by almost wall to wall bracken and overgrown Purple Moor Grass.

"We use the "Micron Ulva" method, spraying on foot, as mechanical bracken control would damage the rich, fragile archaeology present.

"The overall result of the spraying programme and pony grazing together with other attention to the area is hoped to be a more open and accessible area whilst maintaining the wildlife habitat and archaeology present."

Weather permitting, it is anticipated that 24 acres of bracken will be treated on the heathland around Lanyon Quoit this year.

Stephen Bone says he will also employ archeological specialists to ensure the appropriate clearance of the areas.

Bryony Charman and Perran Willy, who are already involved in their grandfather Gerald Babcock's conservation project near Pendeen, are monitoring the results of the herbicide. The ten-year-old cousins will then record, by photography, the success of the scheme, which started with the introduction of six Dartmoor Ponies at Lanyon.

More, with photos at
http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Young-conservationists-play-project-control/story-13199953-detail/story.html
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    Re: Young conservationists play part in project to control bracken at ancient landmar by Anonymous on Saturday, 07 July 2012
    We have had good results from the Bracken Spraying we carried out last year (2011), it is worth going to Lanyon to see for yourselves Instead of wall to wall Bracken with only the path to the Quoit free of the stuff ,there is now a wide biodiversity of plants . Last winter we also done a small Controlled Burn just behind the Quoit to add to the patchwork of habbitat which will soon be improved further by Conservation Grazing as there is now an abundance of various sedges and grasses.
    Gerald Babcock 01736 788382 07733 147 247
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Re: Lanyon Quoit in winter by AngieLake on Thursday, 16 December 2010
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A nice photo of Lanyon Quoit in the snow illustrates this news article about forthcoming wintry weather today:

http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/news/Snow-ice-risk-growing/article-3012946-detail/article.html
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Re: Lanyon Quoit by davidmorgan on Saturday, 13 March 2010
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Re: Lanyon Quoit by Anonymous on Thursday, 21 August 2008
Would appreciate any info and insight into Lanyon Quoit. I am a Lanyon from Michigan and have been told numerous stories from family about the name Lanyon and our history. Some stories have been enhanced I'm sure, most of my family have passed on and now my kids are asking me about our name heritage etc... Have been to the U.K. once awhile ago but only got as far West as Stonhenge. Thanks for reading this and hope to hear from someone soon.
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    Re: Lanyon Quoit by Anonymous on Thursday, 21 August 2008
    Saw your query today. I visited Lanyon Quoit in September of 2005. Had trouble finding the right road, so stepped into a pub nearby, and before I could ask directions, an elderly gentleman pointed and said "Right up the road."
    Should you wish to read about it, please go to the following page on my website:
    http://www.saintsandstones.net/stones-lanyonquoit-journey.htm
    There are additional sources on the page also.
    Cheers,
    Jeff

    P.S.: Cornwall is beautiful!!!

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      Re: Lanyon Quoit by Anonymous on Thursday, 28 August 2008
      Jeff, thanks for the input. Went to the website and found it to be very interesting and valuable. Great photos by the way! Thanks for responding to my query. From a Lanyon across the pond, thanks again.
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Re: Lanyon Quoit by Anonymous on Monday, 02 June 2008
I have been told that the Lanyon Quoit was named after my ancestors I am trying to do a research on this .Any help would be appreciated.All i have to go on at the moment is that my ancestors named Lanyon all came from the village they named as Lanyon and that they were a farming family.My Aunt told me this when i was 13yrsold.I am now 64 and have just started to try and trace my roots.
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    Re: Lanyon Quoit by Anonymous on Thursday, 21 August 2008
    I am also a Lanyon, from Michigan. I was told by my father years ago that our ancestors came from Penzance/ Land's End. A good portion of them went to the upper peninsula of Michigan where they worked on the railroads and in the iron /copper mines in Calumet. Some then came down to Detroit in the early 20th century to work in the auto plants. Have always wanted to come visit the Quoit, have been to England once but only got as far as Stonehenge. Would appreciate any info or insight into the Lanyon family from anywhere on the planet. Thanks.
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