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 with open fire based on the palace excavated at nearby Cheddar and decorated with carved woodwork and muralsSaxon Longhall
The dining room of a typical Roman villa in Somerset with a magnificent mosaic floor and frescoes, heated by a hypocaustRoman Villa
Viking Trading Ship
Viking trading vessel with mast and rigging based on the Skuldelev 3 wreckViking Trading Ship
Iron Age Roundhouse
Roundhouse based on those in the Glastonbury Lake Village (under construction in 2023)Iron Age Roundhouse
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 archaeologyBulleid and Gray Cinema
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.