Experimental buildings

After our experiments yesterday with the construction of building 848 we decided that we would try other variations on how the building could have been constructed.
One of today’s versions involves creating two ‘A’ frames with a ridge suspended between them and rounded woven end sections to stabilise everything. This would then be thatched to make it water tight.

The second day of experiments with building 848.

The second day of experiments with building 848.

Another group is creating hurdle type wall sections that can be arranged to create a temporary structure. Both of these methods have been designed by our volunteers using the available evidence, which is a beaten chalk floor with a hearth and no stake or post holes.

Janey and Nick experimenting with wall sections.

Janey and Nick experimenting with wall sections.

While these experiments have been going on, the building 851 construction team have been busy binding the rafters into the wall. They then raised a ridge pole above the building and started to bend in the rafters to meet it

The ridge pole in position.

The ridge pole in position.

We were surprised that with these activities going on there seemed to be very little interest in crushing chalk!

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