Carn Euny, nr Sancreed, Cornwall

These are 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)and managed by the Cornwall Heritage Trust. Find out more


Cornwall Carn Euny


Prehistoric (to AD42)


aerial view iron age settlement roundhouse remains prehistoric (to ad42) english heritage