Iron Age Structures: Domestic and Agricultural
This was a long term programme with international equivalents.
This project has involved the building of a variety of constructs based upon specific archaeological data from excavations. The majority of above ground features are however derived from constructional principles and the implementation phase has sometimes thrown up interpretations of previously unexplained elements of the archaeological record.
One of the reasons that Peter Reynolds was offered the post of Director of the newly formed Butser Ancient Farm Project was that he had already constructed roundhouses based on the archaeological evidence from specific sites while working as a teacher. He and his students built turf houses and constructs based on Glastonbury and Brieddin at various sites including Avoncroft. Pages on the constructs built at the Butser sites can be viewed here.
Other Post Structures
A solitary post-
A pair of post-
Rectangular arrangements of four, six and eight post-
Other major archaeological features are pits and working hollows. For example, alongside most of the houses, there is a shallow circular working hollow either empty or full of clay, soil and straw. These hollows are the natural by-
More important pits, cylindrical or flask-