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Iron Age reconstruction

Iron Age reconstruction (c) Smith Kriek ProductionsThis is a reconstruction of how Folkestone’s East Cliff may have looked in the Late Iron Age, before the Roman conquest of southern Britain in AD 43. The picture is based on evidence from excavations. There was at least one ‘round house’ and a very simple work shop on the cliff top where stone querns were made for grinding grain into flour. People would have used the querns locally and probably also sold or traded them. Walls of a ‘round house’ were made of wattle (woven branches) covered with daub (clay). The roof was a wooden frame probably covered with thatch. We don’t know if there were any openings for windows.

Archaeologists don’t find much evidence for these buildings. Why do you think this is?

What do you think it would be like to live in a house like this?

Reconstruction image drawn by Drew Smith and Mikko Kriek.

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