The Scientific Basis for the Reconstruction of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Houses

Author(s): Peter J Reynolds

Year: 1987


The purpose of this paper was to explore the scientific basis of building reconstruction of prehistoric and protohistoric houses. The critical issue was to address the problems of reconstruction in order to specify limits within which the reconstruction is of research/ educational value and to set standards which may act as guidelines.

Case studies referenced include Maiden Castle House, the Balksbury House, the Conderton House, Stake Houses, the Pimperne House, Romano-British Grain driers, and the Wroxeter House. After examining these case studies, the article concludes that there is little reason to conduct a building reconstruction unless there is a specific question(s) that requires an answer. To build only for the museological and educational fields denies the opportunity for scientific investigation with its advantages in elucidating the potential of the archaeological evidence.

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The Scientific Basis for the Reconstruction of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Houses. Peter J Reynolds. euroREA. Journal for (Re)construction and Experiment in Archaeology. 3: 58-68. 1987 ( tDAR id: 417018) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8417018

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -9.58; min lat: 49.684 ; max long: 2.461; max lat: 56.476 ;

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Contact(s): EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection Manager

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ExArc Id(s): 3274


Rights & Attribution: The information in this record was originally compiled by Dr. Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC Director.

Rights & Attribution: Christine Shaw contributed a copy of this document to the collection. EXARC thanks her for her dedication to preserving the Butser Ancient Farm Archive.

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