The Avalon Archaeology site will showcase the archaeological reconstruction buildings that have been built at the Avalon Marshes Centre. These include the Saxon longhall, the dining room of a Roman villa and a full size waterline replica of a Viking trading ship. It is intended to add an Iron Age roundhouse to the Park, based on evidence from recent excavations at Glastonbury Lake Village. The Bullied and Gray hut was used in the excavations at the Iron Age Meare Lake Village between 1019 and 1958 and shows films on local archaeology. The Park is currently closed. but it is hoped that it will be open to the public in January 2023 after landscaping works and other site improvements (car park, toilets, cafe) have been completed.
The archaeological reconstructions were originally created as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership scheme. An additional grant from the National Heritage Lottery Fund was obtained in 2022 to landscape the site, make it fit to open and undertake a 12 month trial period to inform a sustainable business plan.
Grant funding has been obtained from the Somerset Levels and Moors Leader scheme towards educational equipment for the site, for a new toolstore and logstores and for a new building to act as an educational base, a store and a meeting room. It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
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