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Butser Ancient Farm

Butser Ancient Farm is an experimental archeological site near Petersfield. There are Stone Age houses (similar to those we saw at Stonehenge), Iron Age houses, a Roman Villa, and a Saxon house. The site is experimental because the houses are based on excavations elsewhere. The aim is to establish the building techniques used and get a feel for how they would have been lived in. It’s a well maintained tourist attraction that continues to grow. It is well worth a visit, especially on a sunny day.

Here’s a gallery of some of the houses. We didn’t take any pictures of the Roman Villa because we were entertained by a young lad who made us try out all the Roman swords and shields. He had all manner of practical yet gory tips lest we ever found ourselves on a Roman battlefield. They have big plans for the villa, including a recreation of a mosaic (perhaps not as grand as at Fishbourne though). It will be a good reason to go back.

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