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4: A Stone Age Cathedral?

We know there's something special about our new Stone Age build, so to do it justice Thérèse and Darren set about experimenting with a spectacular new roof type we've never tried before... Read More

We Rescued A Real Roman Mosaic

50 years after a mosaic at Badbury Roman Villa was bulldozed to make way for the new M4 motorway, we're finally able to put the rescued tesserae back in their rightful place as part of a Roman mosaic. Read More

Did This Fix Our Roundhouse?

When our Bronze Age roundhouse was filling up with smoke, we knew something was wrong. Several months and a lot of work later it's time to find out -- has our fix worked? Read More

2: From Floor Plan to Building Plan

How do we know what ancient buildings looked like, when all we have are marks in the ground? Thérèse meets up with treewright Darren to talk roofs, walls, and ask: could Neolithic builders make planks? Read More

How Does Farming With Flint Work?

The team is back to harvest our ancient crops! But this time, it's not the crops we're so interested in -- it's the tools. How does harvesting with flint tools work, and what can we learn about early farming by doing it ourselves? Read More

1: Why Our New Build is Unique

We're about to embark on one of our most exciting projects yet -- building a 5,000 year-old Stone Age structure with some of the most incredible and unique evidence we've ever seen. Thérèse joins archaeologist Martin Green to explore what makes this site so fascinating... Read More

How Long Does a Roundhouse Last?

Imagine: you're an archaeologist, and you've just discovered evidence of 80 roundhouses. But how do you know if that's 80 separate houses, or just one that kept getting rebuilt? The Butser team explores this question through summer maintenance. Read More

8: How to Turn Wood Into Rope

As work continues on our Danebury roundhouse build, we run into an unexpected problem: the walls are wobbly! The team springs into action to save the roundhouse -- and Darren shows us we can actually use wood just like rope! Read More

How Did Early Farming Work?

Humans invented farming around 12,000 years ago. But without modern crops or even metal tools, what exactly did that early farming look like? We're turning back the clock to experiment with our crop field! Read More

7: A New Recipe for Daub!

You've probably heard of 'daub', the ancient mud wall plaster; you might even know one of its key ingredients is animal poo. But what else goes into it, why does it work so well -- and wait, there are different recipes for this thing? Read More