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Avalon Archaeology

Avalon Archaeology

THE PAST RECONSTRUCTED

Avalon Archaeology is a place to discover local heritage alongside the natural environment in a beautiful rural location. History is brought to life through archaeological reconstructions of buildings from different time periods, which are complemented by an array of furniture and art that allows rich insight into the past.

For opening times and admission prices visit the Avalon Archaeology website.

On your visit you can explore:

Saxon Longhall

Saxon Longhall

Saxon longhall with open fire based on the palace excavated at nearby Cheddar and decorated with carved woodwork and murals

Saxon Longhall
Roman Villa

Roman Villa

The dining room of a typical Roman villa in Somerset with a magnificent mosaic floor and frescoes, heated by a hypocaust

Roman Villa
Viking Trading Ship

Viking Trading Ship

Viking trading vessel with mast and rigging based on the Skuldelev 3 wreck

Viking Trading Ship
Iron Age Roundhouse

Iron Age Roundhouse

Roundhouse based on those in the Glastonbury Lake Village (under construction in 2023)

Iron Age Roundhouse
Bulleid and Gray Cinema

Bulleid and Gray Cinema

The world’s oldest excavation hut (used in the Meare Lake Village excavations) and a cinema showing short films on local archaeology

Excavation hut

About Avalon Archaeology

The Avalon Archaeology site has been created as a labour of love by a team of volunteers working one day a week since 2015, with only a short, enforced break due to Covid. It began as a small part of the (Award Winning) Heritage Lottery-funded Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership Project and was intended to give volunteers practical hands-on experience of traditional building techniques by building archaeological reconstructions. Over 110 volunteers have contributed their time and expertise.

Weblink: www.avalonarchaeology.org.uk

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