Halangy Down Village House

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published on 18 April 2024
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Photograph of one of the houses found in the Halangy Down Village, on St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly. It is an Iron Age, Romano-British and early Medieval settlement that was inhabited roughly from 300 BCE to 600 CE. Many of the village's houses were interconnected oval structures, which was characteristic of dwellings in Roman-era Cornwall. Excavations conducted in the 1950s and 1964-1971 found drains, hearths, benches, and other features that suggest the village was modified over 500 years.

Around the settlement there were several terraces for cultivation, as well as an extensive field system. The inhabitants subsisted on farming crops, keeping cattle, sheep and pigs, as well as fishing. The villagers were also spinning, working iron and casting pewter.

Nexts to the village lies Bant's Carin, an entrance grave that was already ancient when the village was built.

The site is currently maintained by English Heritage.

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Jan van der Crabben
Jan is the Founder and CEO of World History Encyclopedia. He holds an MA War Studies from King's College, and he has worked in the field of history-related digital media since 2006.

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