The Site Viking Longhouse The Earthouse Neolithic Log Cabin Iron Age Roundhouse Roman Forge Saxon Workshop Roman Water Lifting Machine Click on a building to ‘visit’ it. The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, BH21 5RP. Phone: 01725 517618 Email: atc@dorsetcc.gov.uk Get Involved Research Opening Times Ancient Technology Centre The
Reconstructed Neolithic log cabin Neolithic Log Cabin Querns ready for use Exterior view of Neolithic log cabin

Although this building could be mistaken as a settler’s cabin from the American West, it is based on the oldest evidence from any of the buildings.

This is a reconstruction of Neolithic evidence consisting of surviving interlocking sill beams and corner blocks.

This building was the result of material shape.  The ATC harvested very straight Poplar poles and looked for evidence to suit the material. As with much of the evidence for our buildings, it usually stops at ground level. The height of the walls and the roof design are conjecture but have worked for over 15 years!

This building is currently our granary, where children mill wheat for flour. It contains a substantial oak table to support the weight of the querns.  The doors are of hurdle construction sourced from local hazel.