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Our next roundhouse build

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We’re building another Iron Age roundhouse for our village, this time based on archaeology from Danebury Hillfort (CS20). This house’s archaeology is really unusual, with the posts in the walls much closer together than normal. It’s going to be a challenge to build, and a fascinating experiment to run!

We’re also teaming up again with the veterans from Operation Nightingale, the team who built our award-winning Bronze Age roundhouse. It’s great to have them back on site!

Rebuilding a roundhouse

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We’re rebuilding one of our Iron Age roundhouses that came down, and doing it differently this time! We’re experimenting with new materials and wood types to see the effect it has on the roundhouse’s lifespan.

This roundhouse is from Glastonbury Lake Village (Mound 59), so our original build used only the lightest materials possible. How much did that affect the house? Will it last longer with different materials? Let’s find out!

A second mosaic!

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We’re partnering with King’s College London to lay a second mosaic in our Roman villa! It will be based on a design from the original archaeology in Sparsholt (but with a slight Butser twist), and we’ll be working on it throughout the summer.

The mosaic is going in our hypocaust room, so once it’s complete we’ll be running experiments to see the effect laying a mosaic has on the temperature. We’ll also be putting our mosaic-laying skills to the test — do it wrong, and the heat from the hypocaust could crack the mortar!

Around the farm...

< Hot technology building

We’re making a new workshop, and we’re going to fill it with fire! Finally a dedicated space for our smelting, metal casting, pottery firing, bead making, bread baking, swordsmithing, and more!

< Roman kiln

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UCL’s Experimental Archaeology students are building a replica Roman kiln! It’s the perfect addition to our new hot technology area, we’ll be firing it up later this year…

Wall paintings >

We’re experimenting with clay-based paints and natural ochre pigments to see how well it survives on the exposed outer wall of the Stone Age house!

^ Ancient crops

We’re sowing our Stone Age farm with einkorn, one of the oldest types of wheat still in existence! It’s important to conserve these prehistoric crops as part of our history.

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