Butser Ancient Farm

2467 Reviews

Star Travel Rating

5/5

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Date of travel

2011

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Butser Ancient Farm is an unusual place because it is neither a historic site nor a museum, it is a real working farm. But, this farm is very different to any other in the late 20th century and early 21st century. It is the only place in western Europe where prehistoric livestock, cereals and other plants are presented, along with fields and fences, Iron Age Houses and other buildings, now extended to include a Roman Villa based on an excavation in Hampshire. Butser Ancient Farm is really an open air research laboratory where the ancient world of the Celts and Romans is being explored. Based on evidence from archaeological excavations of prehistoric sites in Britain and the rest of north-west Europe, the work undertaken is an attempt to find out more about the agricultural and domestic life of the Celtic Iron Age. I can confirm that I visited this site yesterday with some teaching colleagues and found it so amazing that I am going to take my husband to visit as soon as possible. It is set on a fairly compact site, and, although it can be uneven in some places should be workable for people with an electric scooter. The staff are so helpful, enthusiastic and importantly,’ know what they are talking about.’ This would be ideal to combine a visit with the historic dockyards of Portsmouth.

 

 

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