Dorset Archaeologists building Stonehenge Neolithic houses

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Dorset Archaeologists are building Neolithic houses as part of the second phase of their work as part of a new visitor centre at Stonehenge.

Neolithic houseStaff from Dorset County Council’s Ancient Technology Centre (ATC) in Cranborne, have been commissioned by English Heritage to build five authentic Neolithic houses and help discover how people may have lived in the late Stone Age.

Working at the new visitor centre at Stonehenge near Salisbury, the ATC team (with the help of English Heritage volunteers) will construct the houses using the same tools and locally-sourced materials as their prehistoric counterparts.
Earlier this year, ATC staff designed and built three prototype Neolithic houses at Old Sarum to understand which materials and methods would work best. The work was carried out by over 60 English Heritage volunteers using a range of Neolithic tools, materials and construction methods to produce buildings based on 4600 year old evidence from the excavated site of Durrington Walls.
And based on their experience from building the prototypes, they will now construct five individual buildings that will form part of the new visitor centre, which opened on 18 December.

Starting on 27 January, they will have just 12 weeks to construct the houses and fit them out with plank built furniture including beds, doors and storage shelves. They will form part of the visitor centre’s outdoor gallery, which is due to open in April 2014.

December 26, 2013 |

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