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Iron Age Settlement

Welcome to Bodrifty Iron Age Settlement

In this area of enclosed moorland are the remains
of an Iron Age (600 BC - AD 43) settlement,
consisting of the ruins of eight roundhouses within a low enclosing bank.

The site was excavated in the 1950s and a wider area surveyed In 1985. Some Bronze Age pottery was found indicating occupation

An Iron Age round house
The people lived in round houses with thick stone walls and conical thatched roofs. The earlier houses were small and had doorways facing south-west; the larger later houses had doorways facing south-east, towards the sun but away from the prevailing winds. Fragments of banks, perhaps walls of gardens or animal pens, are attached to some houses. The surrounding enclosure wall was built to protect their cattle and sheep
The Settlement and reconstruction roundhouse are on private land and are open courtesy of the owners. The Roundhouse is dependant on donations.

Bodrifty Farm, Newmill, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8XT, UK | Tel: UK(0044) 1736-361217