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Hut Circle Settlement

Bronze Age 2500 to 800 BC

A prehistoric settlement consisting of stone-walled round houses, usually dateable to the Bronze or Iron Ages. The houses, sometimes solitary but more often in groups, are now visible only as low stony banks, but even so, it is often possible to recognise different constructional techniques in the walling and to identify the doorways. They survive only in moorland areas and are often associated with the remains of contemporary field systems.

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Kynance Gate

The settlement of Kynance Gate lies on a gentle slope on the edge of open moorland above a turbulent stream which runs down through a rocky gorge to the sea. ‘Kynans’ is Cornish for narrow valley or gorge and the site may well have been chosen for its easy defensibility on the seaward side.

Leskernick Hill

Leskernick is an extraordinarily well preserved Bronze Age settlement comprising at least forty four round houses set within a very extensive field system covering approximately 21 hectares. The site is located on the extremely stony south-west facing slopes of Leskernick Hill.

Rough Tor (North West)

To the north-west of Roughtor ridge, in open grassy moorland, is a settlement of over 120 hut circles, small enclosures and fragments of field systems. Laid out in a broad north-south band, the majority of the round houses are linked by the stony banks of a series of six small irregular enclosures.

Rough Tor (South)

On the southern slopes of Roughtor, below the area of dense stony clitter, there are the remains of a large number of hut circles set around three of four small enclosures adjoining a larger area of curvilinear prehistoric field systems partly overlain by a mediæval field system.