Iron Age roundhouse to be created near Chester
COMMUNITY leaders have announced plans to build a replica of an ancient home near Chester in a bid to educate youngsters about the way people lived in the past.
An Iron Age roundhouse will be created within the grounds of Burwardsley Outdoor Education Centre, close to Beeston Castle and Maiden Castle, by the end of the summer.
Working with Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Outdoor Education Service, the new roundhouse will act as a teaching aid helping to bring archaeology to life for children. It is expected to be completed in August.
Roundhouses were the dominant building style of late prehistoric Britain and would have been common to Cheshire throughout the Iron Age.
Archaeological remains of Iron Age roundhouses have been found in West Cheshire at Beeston Castle, Bruen Stapleford*, Chester Business Park and even beneath the Roman Amphitheatre.
Habitats and Hillforts have commissioned the building as part of a three-year landscape partnership scheme hosted by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) and funded by Chester Renaissance and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A CWaC spokesman said: “Thanks to the partnership with Habitats and Hillforts, which is funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cheshire West and Chester Council, the Outdoor Centre is able to offer a limited number of school sessions fully subsidised and include the time of a member of teaching staff from the education service.
“This is just one project of many that the Habitats and Hillforts project is undertaking. Over a three-year period, Habitats and Hillforts aim to conserve and enhance the string of six important Iron Age hillforts along the sandstone ridge and their associated habitats.
“The involvement of local people in the project is key to its success and there will be lots of opportunities to get involved.”
The scheme is supported by Cheshire Community Action, English Heritage, Forestry Commission, National Trust,
Cheshire Landscape Trust and private landowners as well as the Mersey Forest.
*N. Fairburn, Brook House Farm, Bruen Stapleford: Excavation of a First Millennium BC Settlement, Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society ( JCAS ) Volume 77: 8-57