Trevemper Solar Farm, Crantock, Cornwall

An archaeological watching brief was undertaken by CFA Archaeology Ltd in July and August of 2011 during groundbreaking works associated with the construction of a solar farm at Trevemper, near Crantock, Cornwall. Construction was monitored to ensure that significant archaeological remains were not disturbed.

The site lay within the landscape setting of Treringey Iron Age/Romano-British Round, a Scheduled Monument, within an area defined as of ‘very high archaeological potential’. Geophysical survey showed archaeological features across the area characteristic of the Bronze Age (2500BC-800BC) onwards.


A single medieval fragment and seven post-medieval sherds were recovered; all were unstratified. The medieval piece is of the same type as material from Tintagel, now known to come from kilns at Lostwithiel. As is usual in North Cornwall, all the post-medieval sherds were imported into the site from the major kilns of North Devon, which were easily accessible by sea.

Excavation showed two historic field boundaries were present, and finds recovered from the surface consisted of modern pottery and glass and medieval, post-medieval pottery and a piece of worked flint of unknown but likely prehistoric date.

Funding Body: NextPower Trevemper Ltd
NGR SW 8112 5992

SIGNIFICANT FINDS: Pottery, Worked Flint

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