A step back in time

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12 Block 5 students made the short trip to Butser Ancient Farm on 17 September to explore the ways in which Iron Age societies can be understood through reconstruction archaeology. Animals, roundhouses and technology were examined. Students commented that ‘building a roundhouse helps us to understand the concepts behind it and the effort and skill needed to build it’ and ‘looking through a microscope at remains from the past can only tell us so much – until we reconstruct the past physically, we are really clueless about what life was like’. Students have also been looking at ancient sources about the Celts – and the chance to walk through a modern ancient site like Butser helps bring it all to life!

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Four students who could not make the first trip had a whistle-stop tour of the Neolithic area and the Iron Age reconstructions at Butser Ancient Farm on Thursday 9 October. Milo Howes, Charlie Jameson, Michael Paterson and Lochie Dix made up the group who somehow avoided the torrential downpours and had a glimpse into the past, looking at a reconstructed Neolithic longboat and peeking inside some Iron-Age accommodation. Despite the pressure of time Lochie even managed to feed some sheep!

By Christopher Grocock, Head of Classics


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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