has large outcrops of granite which
provide a ready supply of building stone.
Using stone an almost ageless material,
has boosted the amount of ancient remains
that still exist here today. The earliest
constructions surviving were possibly
made of stone because of their importance.
as the land became deforested and the
supply of timber became short, even
the houses were built of stone. Using
stone rather than wood means that the
remains are long lasting, and still
a number of ancient sites still exist
in this area.
100 BC, home building techniques
had moved on from the basic round huts
to the construction of courtyard houses.
These were more complex constructions
which integrated not only the living
quarters but also whatever provided
their livelihood such as workshops and
structures to keep their animals, all
within one building. Courtyard houses
are really only peculiar to Penwith.
accommodate all their functions courtyard
house had to be large, reaching over
a hundred feet in length. They were
massive structures constructed using
very thick walls. Overall they were
roughly circular in shape, and possessed
a central open stone paved courtyard.