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Chysauster is considered to be a Romano-British village dating therefore from the early centuries AD, however it is surrounded by monuments that predate it by many centuries, from the Iron Age, Bronze Age and even the Neolithic. The Fogou on this site for example is thought to be from the late Iron Age. All around the core village are the remains of prehistoric field systems and surrounding these numerous Bronze Age cairns or barrows and the remains of prehistoric round houses.
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Details of houses:
House 1: Not excavated. Obvious entrance with stone buttresses. Circular enclosure. Original shape distorted by subsequent building.
House 2: Not excavated. Scanty remains visible; no easily discernible plan.
House 3: Well preserved pair of 'semi-detached' dwellings. Double entrance on East side leads to two separate courtyards. Excavated in 1929 & 1931.
House 4: Well preserved with two small rooms, one large oval room and a long room all radiating from a central courtyard.
House 5: Centrally located small house, quite well preserved with large stones flanking the entrance passage. It has two external enclosures which may be remains of another adjoining house. These enclosures may latterly have been used as a garden.
House 6: Best preserved and most complete house on the site. The large central courtyard is reached by a lengthy passageway from the SE. A small circular room is linked from the courtyard to the east, with two long thin rooms to the NE. Another small room lies to the west, but the main feature is a large circular room to the NW. This room contains the remains of a hearth and also has a narrow passageway as a rear entrance to the house.
House 7: The internal walls of this house were largely removed around 1800 as it was used as a place for Methodist preaching (its historical importance not being recognized at the time). It also seems likely that it had been used as a rubbish dump by the inhabitants of the other houses as far more pottery shards (1,322 of them) were found here than in any of the other houses. Despite all these depredations there is still quite a lot remaining however.
House 8: This house is mostly a series of earthworks. It has never been excavated, but the walls and plan of the house are discernible.
House 9: Longer and thinner than the main circular houses, there are substantial remains though they have probably undergone subsequent alterations. It is the easternmost house on the site.
Fogou: This underground passageway is now blocked with a grille as it became unsafe for public access in 1986. It was first described in 1861 by the antiquary Richard Edmonds. He estimated that it was at least 15m (50') in length. However it has never been excavated [as of 2021] so its dimensions and shape are unknown.
by Rob Farrow
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SW4735 : Chysauster - House 3b - Entrance by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 3b - Looking back towards entrance by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 4 - Box-like structure by Rob Farrow
SW4734 : Chysauster - 3D plan of village by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 6 - Interior by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 3b - Interior courtyard area by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 2 by Rob Farrow
SW4734 : Chysauster - Fogou by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 3a - Entrance by Rob Farrow
SW4734 : Chysauster - House 8 by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 4 - Interior by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 5 - Circular end room by Rob Farrow
SW4734 : Chysauster - House 7 - Entrance by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 3a - Interior by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 5 - Entrance by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 5 - Interior by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 3b - Probable hearth or forge by Rob Farrow
SW4734 : Chysauster - House 9 - Entrance by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 4 - Entrance by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 6 - Back entrance by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 1 - Entrance by Rob Farrow
SW4734 : Chysauster - House 9 - Interior by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 3b - Interior from 3a by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - Hollowed stone in House 6 by Rob Farrow
SW4735 : Chysauster - House 6 - Entrance by Rob Farrow


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Created: Thu, 14 Oct 2021, Updated: Thu, 14 Oct 2021

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