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Iron Age and Later PrehistorySite Name: Carn Euny Fogou
Country: England County: Cornwall Type: Souterrain (Fogou, Earth House)
Nearest Town: Penzance  Nearest Village: Sancreed
Map Ref: SW40242887  Landranger Map Number: 203
Latitude: 50.102983N  Longitude: 5.633971W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
4 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
4 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
4 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
4

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Couplands visited on 29th Jul 2023 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 3

micske visited on 1st Apr 2023 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 3

Richard13 visited on 21st Jul 2022 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Situated in the heart of Carn Euny village, this was my first visit to a Fougou and it did not disappoint! It was interesting to see how it interacts with the buildings in the village and find the signs of how its layout has evolved. Visited during a July heatwave, so the intererior of the Fougou was dry!

TheCaptain visited on 14th Jun 2022 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 4 Access: 4 I move on to Carn Euny village with its fantastic fogou, which has now had the round chamber covered, really magical. The remains of the village courtyard houses do not match up to the wonders of Chysauster, but this is more than made up for by the magic of the fogou.

LiveAndrew visited on 31st Dec 2020 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 3 The main chamber was under a good three inches of water. A very wet visit!

SandyG visited on 16th Sep 2019 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 4

Catrinm visited on 18th Sep 2018 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 4

LiveAndrew visited on 28th Jan 2018 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 3 I remember that the main chamber was actually dry in this visit - unlike my second visit! However, there was still a lot of water at the far end of the passage.

bishop_pam visited on 25th Sep 2017 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 3

ajmp3003 visited on 2nd May 2016 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 3 Great place, very well kept. We saw fluorescent moss inside the fougou. Something we had never seen before.

lichen visited on 3rd Sep 2015 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4

jeffrep visited on 14th May 2011 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 4

coin visited on 7th Mar 2011 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 4

lucasn visited - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 3

Ergler DrewParsons TimPrevett AngieLake JimChampion TheCaptain cazzyjane have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 4.43 Ambience: 4.71 Access: 3.5

Carn Euny Fogou
Carn Euny Fogou submitted by AngieLake : This shot shows the huge but low (4.5ft - 1.4m) SE-facing doorway of the Carn Euny 'Beehive Hut' underground chamber, with its own short passage leading into the fogou passage which runs SW/NE, (but snaking here with a flatter, more W/E run), just outside the doorway. It is thought that the Beehive Hut (chamber) was the first structure on this site, so that originally the eastern wall of the fogo... (Vote or comment on this photo)
Within the Carn Euny settlement, this fogou has often been described as one of the most interesting. It was built in three phases.
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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by TheCaptain : Entering into the round chamber - which has been covered since my last visit in the 1980's (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by jeffrep : Passage inside Carn Euny Fogou in Carn Euny Ancient Village in Cornwall, England. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by cromagnonman : Carn Euny Fogou. To purchase framed prints of any of my photos please contact [email protected]. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by Bladup : Carn Euny Fogou - looking out of the eastern end of the fogou tunnel. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by TimPrevett : The fogou at Carn Euny, whilst not being dry enough to store food in, does help keep dry from sharp showers and hail, which preceeded this shot by a couple minutes. Looking out of the western end of the fogou through the modern entrance. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by TimPrevett : Inside the fogou at Carn Euny.

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by bec-zog : Carn Euny, settlement

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by Bladup : Looking out of the eastern end of Carn Euny Fogou, The light on the wall is reflecting off a puddle at the western end of the fogou

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by Bladup : Looking out of the wet western end of Carn Euny Fogou, In the water you can just see the reflection of the medieval house

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by Bladup : Luminescent moss within the oldest beehive hut fogou

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by TheCaptain : Inside the round chamber - which has been covered since my last visit in the 1980's

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by TheCaptain : Moving down into the fogou entrance

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by lucasn : In the beehive hut of Carn Euny Fogou

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by Horatio : The fogou from house 1 and is approached by the sloping east entrance as seen here. Two uprights mark the end of the passage where it opens into house 1. At the base of the slope just after the angled line of stones as can be seen in the floor is the entrance to the corbelled chamber (N wall). Opposite this (and can be seen by) the two large stones on the top of the southern wall is the opening...

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by Postman : The magical light and colour you only get in a Fogou.

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by Postman : Inside the round chamber

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by Bladup : Carn Euny Fogou, the low winter sun lights the passage with a fiery light.

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by Bladup : Carn Euny Fogou, The low winter sun lights the passage with a lovely red light.

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by coin : Entrance to the fogou.

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by coin : The creep passage.

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by coin : Entrance to the fogou

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by cazzyjane : A sunny July day 2008

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by howe : View of the circular corbelled side chamber from the passage before being roofed over. Photographed in 1973

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Carn Euny Fogou submitted by howe : View of the circular corbelled side chamber from ground level before being roofed. Photographed in 1973.

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Carn Euny Fogou Radiation by lucasn on Sunday, 24 February 2019
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Carn Euny Fogou by lucasn on Thursday, 21 February 2019
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Video by lucasn on Tuesday, 10 April 2018
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Re: Carn Euny Fogou by foxhat on Friday, 30 May 2014
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Pathways to the Past organized a walk to this site on Sunday 25th May 2014. It is indeed an impressive place. Just to prove it was easilly possible I climbed upwards through the creep passage. I am about 5ft 11 and 12 stoneish and did it easilly mostly stooped with my hands on the ground just having to actually crawl for a short way.
I have done the same at other fogous. They are much easier than it looks and anyone of normal size could do it quite easilly.

the creep passages were originally the only way in to these enigmatic sites. I am posting a photo of the creep passage. Bizzarely a face that is like mine appears on the entrance wall!

It was very wet which may explain the distortions!

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Re: Carn Euny Fogou by Magister_Lud on Wednesday, 03 August 2011
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There appears to be the outline of a structure directly above the beehive 'tomb' The original entrance into the 'beehive' was very narrow and possibly hidden, the 'tunnel' fougou coming later.
Sound inside of it reverberates and would boom into a structure above it.
As for the niche - a cult of prophesying heads is attested to in the Welsh Mabinigion with Brans head speaking. A short distance from carn euny is an inscribed stone at Men Scryfa dedicated to 'RIALOBRANI CUNOVALI FILI' Rialo considered to be prince (Ri in Irish Gaelic is King) and the second part is Bran. So the name and presumably the context is known in the area.
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Carn Euny Fogou by coin on Wednesday, 28 April 2010
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what was the purpose of the recess at the back of the main beehive?
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Re: Wildlife at Carn Euny by JimChampion on Saturday, 01 January 2005
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When I visited Carn Euny in August 2004 a family of swallows had made their nest in the large underground round chamber. The parent birds made their entrance/exit through the low doorway, as I discovered when one flew past very quickly about an inch from my head. I do have a photograph of the young swallows in their nest, but it is a bit fuzzy because I took it using maximum zoom without a flash (so as not to disturb the birds).
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    Re: Wildlife at Carn Euny by coin on Wednesday, 28 April 2010
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    I have often seen birds nesting in long barrows,I found a nest at west kennett long barrow in Wiltshire,I remember on that day there was a dead mouse that someone had put on a shelf in one of the chambers
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