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18 September 2014
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Butser Iron Age Farm
Butser Iron Age Farm complex was started by Dr Peter Reynolds. The centre has a number of reconstructed buildings and farm animals, and has carried out research into Iron Age crops and farming practices.
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A panel or screen made from interwoven rods of hazel or willow. The rods can be left whole or split down the middle. Such panels were used for house walls, partitions, and enclosure fences. They can be daubed, or plastered, to stop wind getting through, or left untreated.
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A Swiss Neolithic site of the Horgen culture dated to approximately 3200-2900BC from which 89 flint pieces were recovered. This is the largest assemblage in Switzerland from a single site and period.
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A bow drill
A slender shaft of wood, bone, or metal powered by a bow to create fire through wood friction or to drill a hole. Sharp tips of stone, bone, or metal may be attached to the bottom of the drill to reduce the drilling time required or to achieve a more precise hole.
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Phaubaland, Zurich
A short term exhibition held in 1993 designed to feature reconstructions and ancient technology based on the 19th and 20th century discoveries of ancient lake dwellings in the Lake of Zurich and elsewhere in Switzerland. The discoveries first came to light during extremely low water levels in the summer of 1854.
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Scottish Crannog Centre
The focal point in the centre is Oakbank Crannog, an early Iron Age site in Loch Tay first discovered by Dr Nicholas Dixon in 1979. Dr Dixon’s pioneering excavations there began in 1980 and led to the first authentic reconstruction of a timber piled crannog in the UK and to the development of the Scottish Crannog Centre.

The Centre comprises three elements: an exhibition of work in progress, interpretative boards, and a range of artefacts and timbers recovered from underwater excavations; guided tours inside the reconstructed crannog; outside, visitors can try their hand at several ancient crafts and technologies and participate in a range of special events. Any profits generated by the Centre are covenanted direct to the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology to further research and training.
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Published: 28-01-2005

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