A visit to the Ancient Technology Centre and sunshine

We met this morning in the Viking Longhouse at the Ancient Technology Centre.
The Viking longhouse at the Ancient Technology Centre

The Viking longhouse at the Ancient Technology Centre

After a cup of tea around the fire we were given a tour of the site with the emphasis on exploring the different building technology used and how the materials that will be collected in the next few weeks relate to the Neolithic House Project.
This was illustrated by showing how the coppiced hazel is used in a variety of ways, from making hurdles (lightweight and portable fencing panels) to constructing walls and fences. It helped bring into context all of the hard work of the last few days.
We returned to the woods for lunch and the afternoon was spent with saws and lopers in hand collecting larger hazel rods that are essential for the structural elements of the buildings, for example as wall stakes or rafters.
And finally the sun came out!
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