As part of the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership,a series of experimental archaeological reconstructions were made with local volunteers, all based on local archaeological finds. These included Iron Age canoes, Neolithic and Bronze Age wooden trackways, a Saxon longhall, the dining-room of a Roman villa and a Viking trading ship.

Two of the replica trackways can be walked on in the Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve. The buildings and canoes are at the Avalon Marshes Centre, where they will form the main features of the Avalon Archaeology Park, which will open for school groups and the public in 2019. Eventually an Iron Age roundhouse will be added to replace the ones made earlier on the site, which have now reached the end of their lives and been dismantled.

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