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Reconstruction of an early house, Howick
Howick - Britain's first house
For thousands of years this stretch of Northumbrian coastline has hidden one of the most important houses in Europe.
At first glance it might not look impressive, as all the evidence lies underground, but an archaeological experiment has been carried out, to reconstruct a life-size replica of Britain's first house.
The house could only have been built if a whole community was involved, partnerships had been formed and relationships built. People would have needed each other yet at the same time would have been very protective and territorial over a site like this, where the land provided everything they needed.
Building a reconstruction of the house
We know from the flints that people hunted here, and we know the animals they caught. From the cores of soil we know that the area was covered in foliage of hazelnut trees, birch and pine unlike the farmed landscape seen there today. We've seen the artwork from the first Britons and we've built a house that could permanently provide shelter for a whole family unit. It is a perfect stone-age idyll on this Northumberland coastline.
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last updated: 12/12/2007 at 08:38