revisiting the bronze age in britain

May 21, 2014 — 1 Comment

Once upon a time — about 2,500 years ago — people in what is now Britain switched from building rectangular houses to building round houses: in many instances, small circular structures with wooden walls made of wattle and daub, no windows, a conical roof, and a single entrance. And for more than 2,500 years, from the early Bronze Age to the late Iron Age, they stuck with this circular design, even while people in the rest of Europe — or what later became Europe — lived in rectangular structures.

It was with the Roman conquest that the British, too, began to adopt rectangular house designs. But evidence of the region’s history of round construction can still be found in archeological sites all over the UK, from Dartmoor, Devon, England, to Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

In recent years, a number of replica round houses have been built. Below is one in Burwardsley, Cheshire, which is open to school groups and other visitors -

celtic round house

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One response to revisiting the bronze age in britain

  1. 
    Livon Diramerian May 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Ancient people knew the importance of circular forms. They used circular forms to build their houses. They knew that circular forms provide safety, openness, light, ventilation, economy, aesthetics inside & outside, conservation of energy & structural strength. They were also clever to use local materials to build their houses. This is part of conserving the environment.

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