Iron Age Settlement

Iron Age Settlement - Cornwall

Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall


This mysterious Iron Age settlement in far West Cornwall may hold vital clues to ancient trade links with the Continent. Wider evidence from a range of sites suggests Cornwall traded its highly-prized tin (an essential raw material in the production of Bronze) and other minerals for goods possibly from the Mediterranean and beyond, ranging from olive and wine to other items of value. Both high-status Gaulish Samian ware and pottery from North Africa have been found on this site. Time Team will also investigate the mysterious subterranean tunnels and chambers, known locally as ‘fogous.’ Were these used as refuge from attack or bad weather, storage and preservation of food, some unknown ritual activity, a combination of these, or something else entirely? We hope to shed light on these questions, placing the site within its broader context.

(Series 21)