Carn Euny Ancient Village
Carn Euny Ancient Village is an Iron Age settlement from the 5th century BC. This was a farming community and was in use for nearly 900 years. There is a well preserved Iron Age Fogou (underground chamber). When the Romans came into this area they expanded the settlement and built courtyard houses - thick stone walled houses surrounding a courtyard. Carn Euny was abandoned in the 4th century AD when the Roman occupation of Britain was ending. Carn Euny is similar to the nearby Chysauster Ancient Village.
Location: England - Cornwall - Sancreed
Tags: Fogou, Settlement
Carn Euny is not as well set up as the nearby Chysauster Ancient Village. If you only have time to go to one, go to Chysauster.
Follow the signs down the lanes to a parking area. From there it is a 1/2 mile walk (signed) to the site.
Day trip contributed by Pauline Kenny
The visible ruins are from the last phases of the village when the Romans lived here, but under these ruins are the remains of the Iron Age village. Their houses were built with turf walls and thatch roofs. The Romans built courtyard houses, with thick outer walls surrounding an open courtyard.
We visited both Carn Euny and Chysauster Ancient Villages in summer 2013. This part of Cornwall feels a world away from St Ives and the beaches. It is almost like being on a moor, with wide open fields and few trees.