Building Homes

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These pictures help you to see how the building materials in the CAT KIT were used.

Bronze Age house
Bronze Age house

Reconstruction of a Bronze Age house found at Holywell Coombe near Folkestone. The walls are made of timber and the roof is thatched. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

The Late Iron Age
The Late Iron Age

Canterbury in the Late Iron Age. Walls of houses were made with wattle and clay daub. The roofs were thatched. Courtesy of Canterbury Museums ©.

Experimental archaeology
Experimental archaeology

This house is at Butser in Hampshire. It was built by experimental archaeologists in the 20th century, in a style used by people in the Iron Age. The roofs were thatched. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Roman Canterbury
Roman Canterbury

This is what archaeologists think Canterbury looked like in Roman times. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Roman floor
Roman floor

Some houses in Roman Canterbury had floors decorated with mosaics. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Roman floor
Roman floor

This Roman floor was found right outside Canterbury Cathedral! Can you see the mosaic? © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Roman floor
Roman floor

This floor belonged to a huge Roman house found at THE BIG DIG in Canterbury in 2002. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Roman oven
Roman oven

This small oven was found in the huge Roman house at THE BIG DIG. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Roman baths
Roman baths

At a Roman bath house you could swim, get clean and meet friends. Underfloor heating warmed the water in the baths. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Roman hypocaust
Roman hypocaust

Roman underfloor heating system (hypocaust). © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Flue tile
Flue tile

Flue tile from a Roman heating system. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Paw prints
Paw prints

Roman cats and dogs left their paw prints on these tiles! © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.