Bronze Age Pot from Kynance Gate


Bronze Age Pot from Kynance Gate

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Kynance Gate is located just north of the Lizard and is home to a fascinating piece of Cornish history. At least two Bronze Age hut circles can be found on the open moorland, from which over 3000 artefacts have been excavated since their initial discovery in 1880. Finds include sherds of flint, spindle whorls, glass beads, moulds used for producing bronze axes, and a large pot crafted in the Trevisker Ware style (pictured). The clear imprints on the pot can be seen as an early example of fashion; different styles and trends could be found depending on where you were in the UK. Pots in the Bronze Age were primarily used for food storage but were also important in death rituals: either as urns or buried next to bodies.

Bronze Age roundhouses were large structures, having enough room to house an entire family plus cattle under the same roof. There is some debate over the usage of Kynance Gate roundhouses. Lack of fielding in the area suggests they may have been ‘summer homes’ used by farmers looking to graze cattle, while the wide variety of specialised equipment found suggests the homes were inhabited by multiple specialist craftspeople.

By Jacob Hannam (Intern from University of Exeter)

Kynance Gate – Cornwall Council
Kynance Gate – Historic England
Pottery in Archaeology – Ritarobert’s blog