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An overview of the site
Iron Age Roundhoouse
Neolithic Log Cabin
Roman Forge
Saxon Workshop
Roman Water Lifting Machine
Animals
Earthouse
Viking Longhouse
Tour 1
To take a tour of The Roundhouse.
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The archaeological evidence for this building comes from an excavation in North Wales called Moel y Gaer. This building represents a “typical” Iron Age dwelling dated to around 200 AD.  The evidence for any structure like this is at best limited to post hole and stake hole evidence, burned hearth remains, collapsed oven remains and perhaps a scatter of pottery shards.  The reconstruction of these buildings relies heavily on common sense and knowledge of timber.

 

The roundhouse is the oldest building at the ATC and has now stood for over 25 years.  It has a wattle wall woven around earthbound stakes.  The pole rafters are lashed to the tops of these stakes and are supported midway by purlins supported on an inner ring of earthbound posts.  The porch faces south east to catch the early morning light and the roof is thatched with water reed.  

In 2005, staff and friends of the ATC undertook a simple experiment in the roundhouse to augment our teaching.  We lived in the building for a week and undertook the daily tasks of an Iron Age family.  Our experiences have informed our teaching and add personal experience to our answers.  

 

Click here to see some of our photos from that project.

 

 

 

 

 

The Iron Age Roundhouse