In 2014, St Fagans: National History Museum in Cardiff will build an Iron Age farm based on an archaeological site on Anglesey dating from the time of the Roman conquest of Britain 2000 years ago.
The original site is today called Bryn Eryr, Welsh for the “Eagle’s Mound”. To reflect its namesake the replica building will be erected on a wooded hill at the southern highest point of the Museum.
This rural settlement will consist of two roundhouses built against one another, with 6 foot thick clay walls supporting large conical thatched roofs. The houses will be built within a clearing and – like the original – will be surrounded by high hedges to pen in animals and keep unwanted people and creatures out.
Starting work in spring 2014 and opening in the autumn, the Iron Age farmstead will be built with the help of hundreds of volunteers, school children and members of neighbouring Cardiff communities of Ely and Caerau.
Bryn Eryr will allow historians and visitors to look at how the people of Iron Age Wales, living at the furthest edge of the Roman Empire, was influenced by this powerful civilisation.