Butser Ancient farm trip
Visiting Butser Ancient farm was an enlightening experience. The site, featuring pre-historic roundhouses allowed me to appreciate the lives of those who lived on the farm. It demonstrated the idea of sustenance and making the best use of your surroundings in order to survive. For example, the roundhouses were made entirely of wood and mud. The hands-on, practical approach meant we were involved in various activities throughout the day. We were given the opportunity to paint our own frescos and this allowed me to gain a great understanding of the techniques used by the original inhabitants. The metalwork, using two simple bellows to create heat, demonstrated to me the resourcefulness of those who used such methods. It further illustrated how the lives of the original occupants involved a great deal of manual labour to survive, in contrast to many of our lives today. The final activity was building the basic structure of a roundhouse. This appeared to be relatively straightforward yet after initially getting the proportions all wrong, it took a co-ordinated effort to ensure our structure remained standing. The whole trip gave me a tangible appreciation of the overall lives of those who lived on the farm and their ingenuity.