Experimental Archaeology

Smelting Bronze at the Sutton Poyntz Street Fair

Smelting Bronze at the Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre

Demonstration of Traditional Thatching Techniques at the Sutton Poyntz Street Fair

Demonstration of Traditional Thatching Techniques at the Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre

Traditional Farming and Thatching Tools at the Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre

Traditional Farming and Thatching Tools at the Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre

Blacksmith at the Sutton Poyntz Village Fair

Blacksmith at the Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre

The village fayre or fete has long been a staple of rural life in Britain. The biannuale Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre takes place in the picturesque village of Sutton Poyntz in Dorset, south west England.

Along with stalls selling homemade cakes, plants, soaps and antiques, there are demonstrations by crafts-people using traditional technologies such as thatching, smithing and smelting, some of which date back to the bronze age. It is a fantastic place to see experimental archaeology in action, as many of these traditional techniques have remained unchanged for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

Follow this link to find out more. The next fayre will be in 2014.

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