Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Find out how the Romans lived

TIME will be turned back for a day for a celebration at a historic site in South Gloucestershire
Winterbourne Medieval Barn, built in 1342, will host an event on Sunday to mark the end of the Festival of British Archaeology.
The barn, carefully restored by South Gloucestershire Council and English Heritage, is said to boast one of the finest surviving examples of mediaeval roof construction in the country and there will be excavations, cider-making and archery demonstrations to give visitors a closer look at its life and times.

Family activities at the event, from 10am to 4pm, include demonstrations of Bronze Age metal working and reenactments of lifestyles in Roman times and the Second World War.
Children can try pot making and guided walks will take visitors other historic sites in the village, including its fishponds, a dovecote and the church of St Michael's.
Council community archaeology officer and part-time archaeology tutor at Bristol University, Paul Driscoll, said: "South Gloucestershire has a rich and varied archaeological heritage, from Iron Age hill forts to Roman towns, Saxon churches and medieval barns.