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The Roundhouse

This building represents a single dwelling from the British Iron Age and is dated to around 200 A.D. It is interesting to compare with the Roman Workshop of a similar date, but from an urban Roman setting.

The specific evidence for this structure comes from Moel Yr Gaer in Wales where several roundhouses were excavated within a hillfort setting. Houses like these can be considered as homesteads or small-holdings where extended families lived and farmed the land. The interior furnishings of these buildings are unknown; we have looked further back in time at Neolithic carpentry evidence to produce furniture.

The structure uses round timber for its frame and woven hazel (wattle) walls. The materials were harvested by volunteers and visiting children. The roof is thatched with water reed.

The roundhouse took two years to complete and is expected to stand for twenty five years.

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