Source: The West Briton
Rare Iron Age remains discovered by builders at Porthleven housing development
Rare Iron Age remains discovered by builders at Porthleven housing development An Iron Age hearth and evidence of a Bronze Age settlement have been uncovered in Porthleven by builders working on a new housing development.
Archaeologists have been working alongside the contractors developing land off Shrubberies Hill and have been excited by the find.
Community archaeologist Richard Mikulski said of the Iron Age hearth: “It’s quite a big deal. It’s the first ever find in Cornwall and there’s only one other example that we know of that’s sort of similar found in the south west, if not the country, found at Glastonbury at the end of the 19th century.
“What’s been found at Porthleven is really exciting. It seems to be a late Iron Age industrial phase that’s gone on, or settlement.”
There is evidence of metalworking and iron, which indicates it is from the Iron Age, as prior to that softer metals such as bronze would have been used as they are easier to heat and work with at lower temperatures.
Mr Mikulski, who is based with the Cornwall archaeological unit at Cornwall Council, said it is not just a simple hearth but “quite complex”, suggesting a more industrial use.
It is stone lined, with what seems to be a flue, indicating a controlled fire. Baked clay or soil has indentations that are either decorative, or more likely are impressions of the pots that would have been fired there. They are circular with a “spout”, as there would be on an upside down jug.
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Accompanying this find were examples of Romano-British pottery.
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