BBC - History - Ancient History in depth: Reconstructing an Iron Age Roundhouse

{Week BBC History - Ancient History in depth: Reconstructing an Iron Age Roundhouse (Early Days of Britain/Celts)

Celtic:  Recreation of the interior and furnishings of an Iron-Age Celtic roundhouse, Castell Henlly, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Photo by John Warburton-lee.

Interior of the re-created Chieftains Hut, an Iron Age Celtic Roundhouse built on the original foundations ,

The Celts built their roundhouses from the natural materials available on the land. This is a roundhouses at Felin Uchaf.

Building a Celtic Roundhouse-The Celts built their roundhouses from the natural materials available on the land. The roundhouses at Felin Uchaf are built in the same way using only the natural materials available on or near the land.

Large Celtic Roundhouse. This is an early Iron Age reconstruction based on excavations of a crannog (meaning young tree). A crannog is a lake-dwelling on which people built houses, kept animals, and lived in relative security from invaders. (****See similar Pins in the Board.)

This is an early Iron Age reconstruction based on excavations of a crannog (meaning young tree). A crannog is a lake-dwelling on which people built houses, kept animals, and lived in relative security from invaders.

BBC - History - Ancient History in depth: Life in an Iron Age Village

The main frame of the roundhouse would have been made of upright timbers, which were interwoven with coppiced wood - usually hazel, oak, ash or pollarded willow - to make wattle walls. This was then covered with a daub made from clay, soil, straw and animal manure that would weatherproof the house. The roof was constructed from large timbers and densely thatched.        All of the domestic life would have occurred within the roundhouse.
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