Coppicing Starts ?>

Coppicing Starts


The History@Work weekend was productive as usual, providing another opportunity to use authentic processes to achieve some real results around the site. Jobs included painting, daubing, building a second lime kiln in preparation for making quicklime, opus walling in the Roman building, thatching the Mesolithic building, blacksmithing, and making bone and antler tool handles.

The Longhouse walls.
Alistair at work!



The usual workforce was complemented by a group of students led by Linda Hurcombe  from the University of Exeter, who provided valuable extra help. Thanks are due, as ever, to all  those who worked hard to juggle the various tasks needed to make the weekend possible, whether it be working on the activities, recording data, engaging with visitors, or manning the ticket office and kitchen (things wouldn’t get far without tea and cake!)

Building another Lime Kiln.
Ian and Roger busy thatching.


Just a bit more to do!

The coppicing starts

During the half-term week a group of staff and volunteers ventured into Garston Woods near Sixpenny Handley to open up our new coup for the winter season.



This is traditionally the time of year when Hazel is coppiced and we use the poles to make our fences, construct buildings and their roofs, make hurdles for use on site and eventually for firewood.




The cutting season continues all through the winter finishing at Easter when hopefully the whole coup has been cleared!
We have already had school groups in helping us to replace some of our fences.


The Stone Age area

A massive effort has been made in the area around the pond and it is now clear and looking amazing! We can now start to plan for more Stone Age structures and also it opens the area up for use during school visits and public open days.

A huge thank you to everyone involved.

We haven’t seen this view for ages!


Our Next Event:

History@Work Weekend 26th & 27th November

10am – 4pm

Adults £6, Children £3 (under 4s get in for free)

Our experimental archaeology weekends continue next week , come along, watch and get involved in the real tasks that we have on site.

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