Our Site

The Ancient Technology Centre has six full sized reconstructions of ancient buildings.

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Each of our buildings represent a different time period or vernacular style.


We compare and contrast ancient building techniques and styles using the best and most complete archaelogical evidence.  The vast majority of our materials are harvested locally by us and our visiting groups.  Each project will employ traditional construction methods.


Due to the nature of the site there are areas which may prove to be challenging to access during a visit and especially when dark or during periods or wet or inclement weather. Access issues may include uneven and slippery pathways, often with puddle puddles, leaves, animal dung, chalk and clay. These areas generally have minimal lighting to maintain the authenticity of the site. Edges of paths and steps are often poorly defined and with irregular drops. If you have any concerns regarding accessibility please call the site on 01725 517618.


  

Our Buildings

Earthouse

Earthouse

The archaeological evidence for this building comes from three excavations on the Isle of Man in the 1960’s.

Viking Longhouse

Viking Longhouse

Our largest reconstruction, the inspiration of Luke Winter, has been the Viking Longhouse.  See a tour of our Viking longhouse here. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuyLf4GPIdE

Neolithic Log Cabin

Neolithic Log Cabin

Although this building could be mistaken as a settler’s cabin from the American West.

Iron Age Roundhouse

Iron Age Roundhouse

This building represents a “typical” Iron Age dwelling dated to around 200 AD.

Roman Forge

Roman Forge

This building is a reconstruction based on evidence from urban Londinium.

Saxon Workshop

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This building is based on evidence for Sunken Feature Buildings (SFB) dated to the Saxon period.

Roman Water Lifting Machine

Roman Water Lifting Machine

The Museum Of London has kindly donated the famous Roman Water Lifting Machine reconstruction to us in 2011. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvgl3RFi1Fw


See how the Channel 4 'Time Team' recreated this amazing lifting machine after finding remains of a water lifting machine at the bottom of a 5m well during excavations in London.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrGT5q6CeB0