Daily Life in Ancient Britain at Butser Farm
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?
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Study Day -
Morning - 10.00 am start
Meet at Butser farm, Chalton Lane, Chalton, Waterlooville PO8 0BG
10.00 We start with tea and coffee then an introductory talk about the farm and the day’s activities with Maureen Page then we take a guided walk around the farm
12.30 We sit down to a Saxon style lunch
13.30 The group will spilt into two and begin our first activity making a Pewter Pendant.
14.30 Coffee and tea break
14.45 The groups swap over and begin the second activity making a Cordage necklace.
15.45/16.00 Day will finish