CHYSAUSTER

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CHYSAUSTER

Chysauster is one of the best-preserved ancient villages in Britain. A small community lived and worked here for around 400 years, from about 100BC until the third century AD - by which time much of Britain was under Roman rule. The villagers lived in stone-walled houses, each with a number of rooms arranged round a courtyard – a unique house layout found only in late Iron Age and Romano-British settlements in western Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Ten houses have been identified, suggesting a community of 50-70 people. The houses are very small. Open hearths, stone basins for grinding grain and covered drains are all visible. South of Chysauster is the remains of a fogou - a Cornish cave.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Newmill, Penzance
County
Cornwall
Post Code
TR20 8XA
Main Historic Period
Roman
Tip/Nearby
St Ives, Carn Euny Ancient Village
Primary Management
English Heritage

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