Avalon Archaeology – Reconstructing the Past

The Avalon Archaeology site showcases the archaeological reconstruction buildings that have been built at the Avalon Marshes Centre. Visit the site website for information on opening details and how to visit.


These include the Saxon longhall, the dining room of a Roman villa and a full size waterline replica of a Viking trading ship. During 2023 we are adding an Iron Age roundhouse, 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 1910 and 1956 and shows films on local archaeology.

The archaeological reconstructions were originally created as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership scheme. 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. An additional grant from the National Lottery Heritage 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.

At long last we are able to open for visits. See the main website for details. Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Leader+ for getting us to this point, but more especially to the volunteer group who have spent years of Wednesdays building the site and supporting the British biscuit industry. Without them none of this would have happened. Please spread the good news.

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development:

Europe investing in rural areas