Butser Ancient Farm
Butser Ancient Farm

Daily Life in Ancient Britain at Butser Farm


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Butser Ancient Farm is a globally recognised experimental archaeology site, where visitors of all ages can travel through a timeline of homes from the Stone Age to the Saxon era.

The farm was established as a research site in 1972 by the Council for British Archaeology, to investigate life in Iron Age Britain through experimental archaeology. A second site was opened in 1976 which was open to the public. In 1990 this site moved to Bascomb Copse where it still stands today - over 40 years later.

Experimental archaeology is a relatively new approach to archaeology that allows archaeologists to test theories and discover previously missing knowledge from the archaeological record. It fills in gaps that excavation has been unable to, and is a valuable tool for understanding the past.

Butser Ancient Farm contains Iron Age and Stone Age enclosures, a Saxon long-house, a Roman villa and much more. Experimental archaeology is still ongoing as Butser continues to investigate the past. This study day offers the chance to experience a fragment of Iron Age life and the opportunity to learn new skills, such as metal-working. Will you join us on a quest for ancient knowledge?

Tour highlights:

  • Maureen Page Director of Butser farm will exclusively take us on a tour
  • Make a Pewter Pendant and Cordage necklace to take home
  • Small group of 12
  • Authentic Saxon Lunch
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