This is one of our most popular ‘Out and About’ programs and is part 4 of a 4 part series based on Butser Ancient Farm, an archaeological research site based in the hills of the South Downs National Park.
Equipped with Iron Age round houses, Roman Villas and a newly built Saxon Long house, the Farm gives tens of thousands of school children and members of the public a glimpse into the life of Britain’s ancestors.
For the last forty years the research conducted at the Butser Ancient Farm has unravelled some mysteries about what life was like in ancient Britain. You can learn more about what they have uncovered on part 3 or to find out more about the history of the farm and the Ancient Celtic celebration the Beltain Festival watch part 1.
The films were 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, heritage of the Meon Valley.
In this episode we spoke to Treewright, Darren Hammerton, who was the project leader on the building of a Saxon Longhouse, about what he had learned through the project about Saxon carpentry, how it started and what was involved.