Daily life in Iron Age and Roman Britain at Butser Farm nr Waterlooville

Butser Ancient Farm is a globally recognised experimental archaeology site, where visitors of all ages can travel through a timeline of homes from the Stone Age to the Saxon era.

The farm was established as a research site in 1972 by the Council for British Archaeology, to investigate life in Iron Age Britain through experimental archaeology. A second site was opened in 1976 which was open to the public. In 1990 this site moved to Bascomb Copse where it still stands today - over 40 years later.

Experimental archaeology is a relatively new approach to archaeology that allows archaeologists to test theories and discover previously missing knowledge from the archaeological record. It fills in gaps that excavation has been unable to, and is a valuable tool for understanding the past.

Butser Ancient Farm contains Iron Age and Stone Age enclosures, a Saxon long-house, a Roman villa and much more. Experimental archaeology is still ongoing as Butser continues to investigate the past. This study day offers the chance to experience a fragment of Iron Age life and the opportunity to learn new skills - such as metal-working and leather-working. Will you join us on a quest for
ancient knowledge?

An Experimental Archaeologist from Butser Ancient Farm will guide you throughout the day.

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

Please note that start and finish times below are exact but other timings may vary slightly.


10.00: Enjoy a tea or coffee, and then an introductory talk about the farm and the day’s activities.

10.30: Take a walking guided tour of the farm.

12.30: We sit down for a rustic Saxon lunch in the Saxon house.


13:30: We split into two groups and begin our first activity, making a leather sling.

14.30: We enjoy a tea and coffee break.

14.45: The groups swap over and begin the second activity, flint Knapping.

15.45: Practise with slings - who will shoot the furthest?

16.30: Finish.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Lunch
  3. Fact Sheet - Including background information about your Guide Lecturer, historical context for the Day, detailed itinerary, a suggested reading list and directions to the venue

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What to expect 

  • An expert guide to accompany you throughout the Day
  • A mixture of lectures, practical demonstrations, handling sessions, guided tours and walks
  • Special access to museums, sites and galleries otherwise closed to the general public (where specified)
  • Small Groups 12-25 guests
  • The company of like-minded people!
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2018 Study Day Details

Fri 20th July



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