This ‘Out and About’ program is part 1 of a 4 part series based on Butser Ancient Farm, an archaeological research site based in the hills of the South Downs National Park. The research conducted at the farm has unravelled mysteries about everyday life in ancient Britain.
Equipped with Iron Age round houses, Roman Villas and a newly constructed Saxon Long house, the farm attracts tens of thousands of school children and members of the public every year who want a glimpse into the life of our ancestors.
In this episode, we spoke to director Maureen Page to find out how the farm started and how it has developed over 20 years since she has worked there. Maureen also explained about the ancient Celtic Beltain Festival, which is a celebration of the beginning of summer with music and dancing and the burning of a giant wicker man.
This four part series is the direct result of a community project which resulted in the production of the ‘Meon Valley: A journey of Discovery’, a DVD which looked at the history and heritage of the Meon Valley.
Episode 2 – what members of the public and school children learn by attending the Farm…
Episode 3 – about the discoveries they have made about life in Ancient Britain…
Episode 4 – exploring the recently built Saxon Long House with an interview with master builder Darren Hammerton