Dark Age Dwelling

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise. . .

We’re about to embark on a new project to bring light to Dark Age Dorset.

The term Dark Age is pretty much frowned on today – the time after the Roman period wasn’t dark, it was full of colour. So most people now refer to that time at the Saxon period, but that term doesn’t quite work for us.

Dorset was a bit different – the Romans had left, but we were just West enough not to be totally under the Saxon yoke. Instead something else happened here. Roman buildings were dismantled and aisled halls and sunken featured buildings constructed.

So that’s what we’re doing, making a post-Roman sunken featured building. But Dark Age Dwelling sounds a bit snappier!

The new building will be in Grove Wood at Upton Country Park and will give lots of opportunities for people of Poole to learn skills that died out here centuries ago, including making wooden shingles. The building will be an experiment: how does what we build compare with the archaeological evidence? We would like local people to help us gather this information and analyse it. It’s nothing complicated, it’s just about careful and regular observation.

Of course, there are lots of opportunities for schools to get involved, learning traditional skills, bringing new skills (such as photography and IT skills) to the study of the building and finding out what life was like in Poole 1500 years ago.

Drop me a line to get involved or for more information. Pictures to follow. . .





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