Carn Euny Ancient Village, Cornwall

Walking around the well-preserved remains of Carn Euny Ancient Village in Cornwall, it’s amazing to think it was home to ancient Britons for around 900 years, from the start of the early Iron Age (about 500BC) to the end of the 4th Century AD.

Even more astonishing is that the village was abandoned over 1600 years ago, at about the same time the Roman occupation of Britain was coming to an end.

Unsurprisingly, most of the ruins visible today date from the later part of Carn Euny. They represent a number of ‘courtyard houses’, large central courtyards surrounded by thick, interlocking walls. Within these walls were smaller rooms where people lived. This type of house was unique to Western Cornwall.

Over a thousand years after they were first abandoned, the houses got a new, brief lease on life… as pigsties and vegetable gardens.

Today Carn Euny provides a wonderful place to wander and ponder what life was once like on this rugged Cornish hillside. Especially as an eerie mist rolls in!

Our view across the rugged hillside as we arrived at Carn Euny

The same view as we left

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This week’s post was inspired by the themes Places People Live from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Rugged from Patrick of Pix to Words,and Dead from margaret21 of Ragtag Daily Prompt.

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12 Responses to Carn Euny Ancient Village, Cornwall

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Another great blog post by Jaspa 😀 😀

  2. margaret21 says:

    What a fascinating post. No, I knew nothing of Carn Euny. But then what I don’t know about Cornwall would fill a very big book!

  3. Fascinating ancient village and it looks mysterious with the mist rolling in. I can imagine people walking about living their lives, animals about and the smoke of cooking fires…

  4. I love Cornwall. Great photos, Jaspa.

  5. Kewl! Thanks for sharing that. =)

  6. Pingback: Contemplation ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #160 – Pix to Words

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