Exploring an Ancient Village

If we see men and women dressed all in white, I’m out of here!  

I said to no one in particular as we got off the car in the early evening of the first few days of September.  It wasn’t warm, and it wasn’t really cold either, but the temperature definitely dropped so I wore my cardigan and zipped up little T’s hoody as she asked me –

Why mummy?  

I wondered then how could you explain the wicker man to a three-year-old?  So I just said that mummy is just being silly.  But there was certainly a bit of an eerie and mysterious air in the atmosphere as we trundled along to find the ancient village of Carn Euny.

After the hunt for the Merry Maidens, we decided to do more exploring, so  J armed with a map and a book of Cornwall’s archeological heritage directed us on our little quest.  Don’t ask us how we managed with an American guide, let’s just say, we didn’t exactly end up where we wanted to, but the final destination proved to be even better than the original one.  After all, stumbling upon an old hamlet of the Iron Age and Roman-British period isn’t exactly a regular occurrence  in one’s life right?  I didn’t think so at least …

There is still a lot visible in Carn Euny, you’ll find lots of remnants of ancient house walls in a circular and a window like this one:

See how thick the stones are?

I wonder though if it was thick enough to protect the inhabitants from whatever harsh weather conditions they had at that time.

Is this where they grind their corn?

Entrance to underground stone-chamber, T not sure whether she wants to go in.

I guess the most remarkable structure that can be found in this Ancient village is the underground stone chamber which was probably used as storage.

In the end, she couldn’t resist her curiosity and happily went in.

and out, in and out.

Can you imagine what it must have been like in the Iron Age?  I’ll tell you what it was like, peaceful.  Imagine the absence of the sounds of technology, transportation and other 21st century noise pollution.


That’s what it must have been like.

So if you’re in Cornish countryside, come around and visit Carne Euny, an ancient village.  For directions on how to get there, click here.

This post was linked up with Coombe Mill’s Country Kids.


  1. Coombe Mill - Fiona

    This is in my own County and I’ve never been! It looks fascinating and of course set amid such picturesque country side. Like Tintagel these sites always seem to have a special atmosphere that seems to hold remnants of what and who was there! Thanks for linking up and sharing your adventure with Country Kids.

    • Yes, it was a lovely ‘surprise’ for us too, especially since when we started off, we weren’t even looking for it! =)

    • & I forgot to mention that it’s free! Tourist spots/sights here in England can be very expensive. But this one is free, so yes, come and visit!

  2. motherhoodisanart

    Wow! That does sound so interesting! That is right up my alley…I love history!

      • motherhoodisanart

        I don’t think I knew that! That’s about the only thing I read is historical fiction and biographies!

        • He teaches History subjects with in a University and has written some non-fiction books, mostly about World War 2 which is his expertise.

          • I get bored sometimes when he starts talking “history”… Shh, please don’t tell him I said that =p

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