Carn Euny Ancient Village, nr Sancreed, Cornwall

Carn Euny Ancient Village, nr Sancreed, Cornwall
© Judith Dobie. Historic England Archive Graphics Team ref: N070192

This a reconstruction drawing of the remains of an Iron Age village. The first traces of settlement on the site date from the 5th century BC. For some 500 years, the village was formed of relatively simple Iron Age 'round houses'. Their walls were built of turf or wattle daubed with clay, and the roofs were probably covered with thatch or turf, supported on timber posts. These have now completely disappeared - with only the circular drainage gullies and postholes surviving, to be excavated by archaeologists in the 1960s. As part of this early settlement, a remarkable underground stone chamber with an entrance passage was built. This distinct type of monument, found only in the far west of Cornwall, is known as a 'fogou', deriving from the Cornish word 'ogo' meaning cave. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2010). Find out more


Cornwall Carn Euny


Prehistoric (to AD42)



archaeology reconstruction drawing iron age roundhouse rural settlement english heritage