Multi-period prehistoric settlement sites and associated field systems at Godrevy Towans


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SW 58779 42270

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The importance of the palimpsest of multi-period prehistoric settlement sites and associated field systems at Godrevy Towans cannot be overstated since it forms the primary source for much of what is known about the agricultural economy and settlement in the British Bronze Age. Despite partially excavation, it will contain further archaeological and environmental remains regarding all aspects of Prehistory from coastal settlement in the Mesolithic through to a richly developed sedentary agricultural economy, with its related settlement and domestic sites as well as its complex of associated field systems set within its landscape context.


The monument includes numerous multi-period prehistoric settlements with some associated field systems dating from the Mesolithic to the Bronze Age, concealed within the coastal sand dunes of Godrevy Towans. Numerous excavations since 1958 have revealed a complex of buried settlement sites dating from the Bronze Age. The settlement remains consist of a large, ditched circular enclosed settlement; a rectangular building; and several circular buildings which were not contemporary; the field systems associated with these settlements, some of which contained plough marks; a midden; and at least two cremation mounds. Finds included flints dating from the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Ages; pottery from the Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age, including Bell Beaker fragments and coarse wares; a saddle quern; animal bone; and a copper awl.

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-425105, 425112 and 425136


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