Winter Warmer Day

At Avalon Archaeology history is brought to life through archaeological reconstructions from the Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and Viking periods.

Discover more about how people kept warm in the past including a working hypocaust and roaring open fire. Find out how people heated their homes and what they might have worn to keep the cold out.

The Roman building at Avalon Archaeology is a reconstruction of a typical winter dining room from a Somerset villa. This includes a working underfloor hypocaust heating system to heat the room. It is fed from an external furnace at the back of the building – pictured above.

The Saxon longhall is based on a late 9th-century building excavated in Cheddar. The longhall would have been the building where the owners ate, possibly slept and where all important formal functions took place. It includes a large, central open fire place used for cooking, warmth and gathering.

Key information


Drop in. Normal admission applies. Adults £5, Child/conc. £3


Saturday 10 February, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Avalon Archaeology, Avalon Marshes Centre, Shapwick Road, Westhay, BA6 9TT


South West Heritage Trust