view of house 6. In the corner on the left is a stone with a hollow; it probably
held the wooden post supporting a thatched roof
Dated to the later Iron Age, this ancient village is thought to have continued in use during
the Roman period. The settlement contains nine large oval houses, some of which are well preserved.
The basic house plan is an open courtyard with a round living room opposite the entrance and a long
narrow room along one side wall, but most houses have extra rooms and some are very complex. The main
room contains a flat stone in the ground with a socket hole, which presumably held the wooden post
supporting a thatched roof. Also visible are open hearths, stone basins for grinding grain, and
covered drains. All the houses had terraced gardens.
At Chysauster there is also a fogou (Cornish
for cave), a rather mysterious underground passage, but it is in a ruined state and far less
impressive than the Carn Euny one. In the early nineteenth century, people came to Chysauster to
listen to Methodist preachers who liked to use the village as an open-air pulpit. Now the site is maintained by English Heritage.