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October 6, 2008, 9:07
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Iron Age roundhouse at Butser

Iron Age roundhouse at Butser

Lyndsey McLean, Access and Outreach Officer, has sent a link (via Anna Bunney, Curator of Public Programmes) to a rather interesting website run by National Museums Scotland where members of the public can explore an Iron Age village in the north of Scotland, which the museum has been excavating for the past ten years.  The pages give some background to the site, and finds, and include a number of interactive games, giving you the chance not only to build your own roundhouse, but also to explore the inside it.

Inside an Iron Age roundhouse at Butser

Inside an Iron Age roundhouse at Butser

Anna says to pass this onto to any interested colleagues – or teachers – and feel free to get back to her with any comments so I guess it’s ok to include this in the Lindow Man Blog. One of the activities is to build a roundhouse and it’s great fun seeing the building take shape. It even has a first floor. The roundhouse continued in use well into the Roman period and is the kind of structure Lindow Man may have lived in, although the roof in this part of the world may have been made of reeds or rushes rather than Scottish turf, if (and it is a very big if) Lindow Man lived close to Lindow Moss where he met his death. Although suggestions have been made over the years that Lindow Man may have been an Irish Druid or a captured Roman soldier the DNA evidence simply hasn’t survived well enough to say for certain. The situation may change of course if the science improves or if work is carried out on Lindow Man’s finger nails or hair to find out what he was eating before his death.

Rpoundhouse at Butser: detail of roofing materials

Roundhouse at Butser: detail of roofing materials

That might give some clue as to whether he was eating a marine or a terrestrial diet. Perhaps isotope analysis could provide some idea of where he grew up as with the Amesbury archer but Lindow Man’s teeth have been reduced to stubs by the acidic water of the bog. Could that work be done on the dentine even if the enamel has disappeared? The book certainly isn’t closed on this amazing discovery. Now the National Museums of Scotland web pages gives an idea of what Lindow Man’s domestic life may have been like some two thousand years ago.

Many different groups and interests were represented in the audience

Audience at the recent workshop at Wilmslow

A gentleman who attended the ‘New Vision for Lindow Moss’ workshop held at Wilmslow on 3rd April 2014 told me that he’s built seven roundhouses and none of them had burnt down.  It woud be great to hear from him and show exmaples of his work. Perhaps this is something that be built at Lindow Moss using locally harvested materials to show visitors how people lived 2000 years ago.


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