How to build a prehistoric abode – and 5 other ways to explore Bronze Age Britain

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Luke Winter surveyed the site: a clearing on the crag, where 15-or-so people were wielding axes amid a ring of tall, bark-stripped posts. “I’ve known bits of timber I could have married,” he confessed, nodding at the naturally, wonderfully irregular bits of wood. “You have your favourites; they all have their own character. It makes you weird.”

But Luke isn’t weird; he’s the experimental archaeologist in charge of one of English Heritage’s boldest new interpretation projects: to build an authentic Bronze Age roundhouse at Beeston Castle, Cheshire.

Beeston is one of the most spectacularly located medieval ruins in the country. From the top of its 100m-high eyrie you can look right across the Cheshire…

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