I am looking for a comparative site to Mawgan Porth dark age settlement in Cornwall. See link http://f2.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/MFgZQJcOzCx9RYpgG36q5JQz0KtStB1Fp1DFXLRH2ZavpcPyAtTLvCyPkT4GEBUypaI465Dyz81LMGLbW41saW0ul51Rfw/mawgan%20porth.jpg
The site is described as a type site no similar sites known at present.
Courtyard house 1 is the most extensively excavated of 3 similar rectangular courtyard
houses. Room 1 is of a longhouse design with a byre separated from a living area by a
partition. Another 6 rooms surrounded a courtyard. In room one in living area around the
walls slabs were set into the ground to form rectangular boxes some large and some quite
narrow these have been interpreted as either beds, storage areas but some seemed to be sealed
with a clay and contained mussels. The site appears to have been occupied from 9th C. to mid
11th C.and then deserted due to blown sand becoming a problem which eventually sealed the site
until it was discovered on 1934.The site is described as a type site with no comparisons
known at present. Almost all pottery found is of a grass marked (irish) bar lug (viking?) flat
bottomed type this only occurs in Cornwall with some round bottomed types found in SE England and
Sweden. A burial ground associated with the site 30 ft to North of courtyard house 1 is of a
long cist type (common in Scotland) with children buried in a separate area. The orientation
of the graves is head to west ?No grave relics are present.Whole of site is almost free of
metal with only bone and stone artefacts present. If anybody wanted some ideal specimens for Oxygen isotope testing I believe the skeletons from this site in natural history museum would be very interesting!