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Butser round house

How did they build a prehistoric round-house?

A wooden round-house in Iron Age Britain probably looked much the same as a round-house in the Bronze Age. Archaeologists usually have little evidence to work with as the organic materials used in each case have usually rotted away in the ground long before archaeologists come along. Most of the time, we are left with holes and patterns of long gone posts to try and interpret. Experimental archaeology has devised some useful theories though about construction techniques in prehistoric times.

Play this video and see how they might have built a round-house.

Quote from a lad at St Anselm's RC Secondary School


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