Block 4s cosy up to the Celts

By Ella Dallaglio, Charlie Green and Henry Thomas-Aldridge (Block 4)

Earlier this month, Block 4 classicists visited Butser Ancient Farm, an archaeological site of worldwide standing, which was far bigger than we were expecting. We began at the farm looking at the animals the Celts would have used for meat, wool, milk, skin and bones and then went inside traditional roundhouses built from wood, wattle and daub. We also visited a Roman villa, with under floor heating, which was revolutionary for its time. It differed from the roundhouses as it was beautifully decorated, light, airy and cold, whereas the roundhouses were dry, dark, smoky and surprisingly cosy, despite our preconceptions that they would be cold and damp! We also saw a Wickerman that is said to have been a Celtic tradition and bronze being made into an axe head. We enjoyed our visit – it was good to see the type of conditions and housing the Celts would have had. View photos.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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