It’s been great fun at the farm this summer as we explore ancient crafts, skills and knowledge through our Summer of Science and Sorcery.
Heres a few photos from our Fearsome Fire day last week – we had blacksmithing, fire-lighting, charcoal drawing, bead making, cooking and more!
Thanks to Eleanor Sopwith for the fantastic photos! Next Tuesday we’ll be celebrating powerful plants with a range of activities from 10 till 4. Normal admission applies.
As we prepare for our Fearsome Fire day as part of our Summer of Science and Sorcery here’s a look back at the activities this summer so far.
The holidays kicked off with our Festival of Archaeology on the 24th July with a day full of demonstrations, crafts, digging, finds identification and more. We had a brilliant day in the sunshine with lovely crowds joining us to find out more about Butser and archaeology. Here’s a selection of our favorite photos from the day…
On the 31st July we had the first in our Summer of Science and Sorcery days- Awesome Earth! Activities range from flintknapping and chalk carving to baking in a bread oven, pottery and flint walling. Heres some photos from the day!
Many thanks to volunteer Eleanor Sopwith for all the brilliant photos!
Trevor Creighton, projects co-ordinator gives a further update on the mosaic progress;
The mosaic is moving along beautifully. In week 3 we completed the wave pattern and a dry layout of the ‘swastika meander’ – the next pattern in the design.
Trevor Creighton, projects co-ordinator gives an update on the progress of our mosaic project…
We have taken some big strides in week 2. In the picture below you can see Emily, Maria and Jess hard at work finishing off the ‘second feature’ in our mosaic: concentric rings of black, white and red tesserae encircling the central ‘flower’ motif. It grows and grows! Continue reading
Trevor Creighton; Projects Co-ordinator introduces our exciting new Roman Mosaic Project;
The Romano-British villa at Butser Ancient Farm, completed in 2003, is a replica of one discovered at Sparsholt near Winchester and excavated in the late 1960’s. We are now involved in installing a mosaic floor in the reception room, inspired by the splendid original – which resides in the Winchester Museum.