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Archaeology of Roughtor

The Archaeology of Roughtor

This area is full of archaeology, there is a ceremonial cairn, below this is a neolithic barrow. The cairn is built in sections dating from the Bronze age, the same date as the hut circles to the right of the path. Some of these have been excavated, Trevisker pottery was found in one of the huts. The interesting thing to come from the dig was that not all the dwellings had hearths. Was there a cook house for all the community? or was the area only used in the summer for grazing cattle, this was the case until recent times. Towards Showery tor you can find ancient bowl barrows and an enclosure, around the tor is a ring cairn. Roughtor is surrounded by a Neolithic enclosure, on the summit are the remains of a medieval chapel, dedicated to St Michael and a memorial to the Bodmin based 43 Wessex Division, who took and held Hill 112 in Normandy in July 1944.

 St. Michaels well St. Michael's well
Wessex memorial in the ruins of St. Michael's chapel  The Wessex memorial
 This natural quiot was possibly used as a burial chamber in the Neolithic period.                                            A natural quoit occuring beneath the cheesewring on the tor.