Each of the main houses is similar in layout. The building is oriented on an east-west axis, which the entrance in the east. The east-west diameter is approximately 90 feet. A passage leads from the entrance to an inner courtyard of about 25 feet diameter.
On the far side of the couryard is a small circular room with chambers radiating out from it. Rooms for storage and living were built into the walls, which are as thick as 14 feet in places.
In some of the houses there is evidence of covered stone drains. A quern for grinding grain can be seen at the site, as can a collapsed fougou, or underground tunnel.
The inhabitants of Chysauster survived by farming and livestock raising. Evidence of field enclosures show where the herds were prevented from getting at food crops.
England, TR20 8XA
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: 2½ m NW Gulval, off B3311
Website: Chysauster Ancient Village
Phone: 07831 757 934
English Heritage - see also: English Heritage memberships (official website)
OS: SW473 350
Photo Credit: David Ross
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