Our Site

The ATC has six full sized reconstructions of ancient buildings. Each of our buildings represent a different time period or vernacular style.

Our aim is to compare and contrast ancient building techniques and styles using the best and most complete archaelogical evidence.    


The vast majority of our materials are harvested locally by us and our visiting groups.  Each project will employ traditional construction methods and sometimes require the use of structural engineers to prove our methods will work.  


As far as posossible we use traditional tools for our work although sometimes we do employ modern methods to try and maintain the momentum of a large project.     


Each building is sourced and built by visiting children and volunteers.  The seriosness and scale of our projects ensures that a building will take somewhere between one and four years to complete.  Although this is time consuming, we believe the genuine and substantial participation of children in our projects gives them an unforgettable experience of life in the past - we hope you agree.

Our Buildings

Earthouse

Earthouse

The archaeological evidence for this building comes from three excavations on the Isle of Man in the 1960’s. These buildings are unusually large for the Iron Age and reflect perhaps the communal living of several families in one space...

Viking Longhouse

Viking Longhouse

Our largest reconstruction to date has been the Viking Longhouse. The evidence for this building comes from the Royal garrison forts of Denmark where theses houses formed quadrangles within circular ramparts and seem to have housed a ship of men each...

Neolithic Log Cabin

Neolithic Log Cabin

Although this building could be mistaken as a settler’s cabin from the American West, it is based on the oldest evidence from any of the buildings.   This is a reconstruction of Neolithic evidence consisting of surviving interlocking sill beams and corner blocks...

Iron Age Roundhouse

Iron Age Roundhouse

The archaeological evidence for this building comes from an excavation in North Wales called Moel y Gaer. This building represents a “typical” Iron Age dwelling dated to around 200 AD...

Roman Forge

Roman Forge

This building is a reconstruction based on evidence from urban Londinium. We intentionally set about building a vernacular Roman structure to illustrate the everyday experience of an average Romano British citizen...

Saxon Workshop

Anglo Saxon Workshop

This building is based on evidence for Sunken Feature Buildings (SFB) dated to the Saxon period.  The evidence for this type of building is for a pit, dug often into sandy soils to a depth of between 30cm and a metre...

Roman Water Lifting Machine

Roman Water Lifting Machine

The Museum Of London has kindly donated the famous Roman Water Lifting Machine reconstruction to the ATC and the Grand Opening of the Roman Water Lifting Machine took place on the 4/5th May 2011...