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HER Number:18163.24
Name:CARN BREA - Neolithic occupation site, Neolithic hearth


A group of hearths were found on the south side of the eastern summit of Carn Brea, outside the Neolithic defences

Grid Reference:SW 6864 4077
Parish:Carn Brea, Kerrier, Cornwall
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Protected Status

  • Conservation Area: CARN BREA
  • Scheduled Monument CO79: Carn Brea Castle

Other References/Statuses

  • OS No. (OS Quarter-sheet and OS No.): SW64SE 5
  • Primary Record No. (1985-2009): 18163.24
  • SMR No. (OS Quarter-sheet and SMR No.): SW64SE 113.2-.1-.1

Monument Type(s):

Full description

A group of hearths, possibly a 'working area', were found on the south side of the eastern summit of Carn Brea, outside the Neolithic ramparts. These features were revealed during Mercer's 1970-1973 excavations on site A2. He describes a gully c 0.5 m wide by 0.3m deep, and five shallow scoops 0.5m to 1.2m in diameter and up to 0.2m deep, filled with an organic silt, the pits containing much charcoal. Their dating and possible function as hearths not associated with structures, are discussed in detail (b1).

<1> Mercer, R, 1981, Excavations at Carn Brea, Illogan, 35-37, 67 (Article in serial). SCO3929.

Sources / Further Reading

[1]SCO3929 - Article in serial: Mercer, R. 1981. Excavations at Carn Brea, Illogan. CA No 20. 35-37, 67.

Associated Finds

  • FCO1266 - SHERD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2501 BC)
  • FCO3258 - UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2501 BC)

Associated Events: none recorded

Related records

18163Part of: CARN BREA - Neolithic tor enclosure, Iron Age hillfort (Monument)