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December 2010

Winter in the Celtic Village

Posted by Ian Daniel on 1 December 2010

Winter in the 'Celtic Village' is an opportunity for families to watch preperation for the winter.

Come and try your hand at weaving wicker and reed.

4th and 5th of Dec, 12:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 15:30

November 2010

Celebrating Moel y Gaer

Posted by Ian Daniel on 12 November 2010

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Pupils from Ysgol y Berllan Deg, Cardiff with Dewi Pws Morris, Children's Poet Laureate

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Pupils from Ysgol Rhos Helyg, Flintshire performing with Dewi Pws Morris

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Opening the doors

A big thanks to the pupils of Ysgol Rhos Helyg, Rhosesmor, Flintshire and Ysgol y Berllan Deg, Cardiff for celebrating the opening of the new Moel y Gaer with us yesterday. We were all inspired by Dewi Pws Morris, Children's Poet Laureate. He worked with us in creating a performance and a poem. I'm going to carve the words of the poem on a wooden slab over the next weeks and it will be on display next to Moel y Gaer for all to see. You can read the poem which talks about home, memory, invention and a sense of continuity between past and present

Ti yw cartref y Celtiaid

Yn llawn o atgofion henfyd

Pobol cryf a dyfeisgar ein gorffennol

A ni? Dani yma o hyd

September 2010

Learning new skills

Posted by Ian Daniel on 24 September 2010

[image: Ian Daniel having a go with a lathe]

Having a go with the lathe

[image: Ian making a wooden bowl]

Can you see the bowl taking shape - remember this was my first time!

[image: Ian making a wooden bowl]

No pressure with so many watching!

[image: baskets Iron Age]

Helen Campbell showing us how it's done

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Over the past weeks I've been busy learning new skills. Paul Atkin spent a few days at the Village and showed me how to create my own wooden bowls. He also built a lathe. With the help of our blacksmith and leather worker we hope to start making our own bowls! Helen Campbell has also been over to teach me basket weaving skills. Come and join me over the next months as we prepare for winter.

Find out how we think people in the Iron Age stored plants and food for the winter
8-10 Oct 11.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 16.00
Watch me prepare for the winter and come and try your hand at weaving wicker and reed
4-5 Dec 12.00-13.00 & 14.00 - 15.30

July 2010

A new life for the roundhouse

Posted by Chris Owen on 30 July 2010

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Celebrating with everyone

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What did I put in the burial by the entrance? Find out next week.

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The first fire in the new look Moel y Gaer

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Welcome - the first visitors to my new home!

Who is smiling on the newest roundhouse in Wales, today? Dafydd and his construction team step back after months of work to celebrate at our mini and informal opening of the latest Moel y Gaer roundhouse. They are congratulated. I've formulated a ritual for the opening. Thanks for joining us at our special event, we all hope you enjoyed following the history of the roundhouse.

Official Opening of the Roundhouse

Posted by Ian Daniel on 27 July 2010

[image: Ian Daniel outside Moel y Gaer]

Outside the new look Moel y Gaer

[image: Finished thatched roof]

Thatched roof

[image: Creating a vent in the roof]

Creating a vent in the roof

[image: Reed bundles]

Reed bundles can be removed to create ventilation

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We've almost finished the roundhouse. Dafydd and the team have thatched the roof and as you can see we've experimented with the design by creating a small vent for the smoke. I hope this will work but time will tell when we light our first fire! I need to limewash the interiors and then we're all done. We will be celebrating all the hard work this Saturday. If you are around join us at 3pm for the official opening in the 'Celtic Village'. Thanks to everyone for their support and interest in this project over the last four months and to the volunteers, Dylan Hammond and Lauren Parfitt, who have helped us.

June 2010

Building a roundhouse - the roof

Posted by Ian Daniel on 11 June 2010

[image: Thatching the roof]

Dafydd, Tim and Andy fixing the purlins on the third layer of thatch

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Moel y Gaer thatch from the main gate

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Dafydd working the thatch

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Dafydd using a wooden paddle to consolidate the thatch

Over the last fortnight we've been working on the roof and it's almost finished. We've used seven bails of reed to thatch the roof, each bail contains between 80-100 bundles of reed. As you can see we've gone through quite a lot!

Take a look at photographs. You can see the bundles being placed in between the hazel rod purlins before Dafydd uses a wooden paddle to beat the roof into shape.


May 2010

Building a roundhouse the work continues

Posted by Ian Daniel on 27 May 2010

[image: Giving a hand with the purling]

Giving a hand with the purling

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Placing the purling above the doorway

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Natural fibre cordage covered in tar and used to tie the posts

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Dafydd, Tim and Andy fixing higher purlings

We've been working on the purling which will hold the thatch. I'm really interested in how we build the roof. Dafydd, Tim and Andy have even allowed me to help out! I'll be in the Village between Monday and Thursday next week. If you are around call in.


Building a roudhouse - the roof

Posted by Ian Daniel on 13 May 2010

[image: Placing the rafters]

Placing the rafters

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Rafters on the floor ready to be placed

[image: A look at the rafters from below ]

A look at the rafters from below

[image: All the rafters almost in place]

All the rafters almost in place

The house is taking shape now it's all quite exciting. You can see how it will eventually look when Dafydd and the team have finished their work.

Dafydd's had plenty to think about though. The first six rafters went up easily but then he had to decide where to place the ring-beam - inside or outside the rafters? As you can see from the pictures he place them outside the rafters. You can find out why in Dafydd's diary.

Once the ring beam was placed the next set of rafters went up quickly. They were notched, allowing them to hook onto the ring-beam and then lashed with tarred string. A second ring-beam was then placed lower down. Before long we will be thatching.

Link to Dafydd's diary

Building a roundhouse - continued

Posted by Ian Daniel on 5 May 2010

[image: Roof plan]

Roof plan

[image: Starting on the rafters]

Dafydd Wiliam and the team discussing the position of the rafters

[image: We've used scaffolding to assist us here. I wonder how they did this in the Iron Age?]

We've used scaffolding to assist us here. I wonder how they did this in the Iron Age?

[image: The main raffter poles tied at the apex]

The main rafter poles tied at the apex

We started on the rafters yesterday. There will be 36 ash rafters in all. We will be creating ring beams and using a load of hazel rods for the purlins and sways. Come over to see the work develop this week.

Thanks to everyone who called in over the bank holiday weekend - it was great fun!

April 2010

Building a roundhouse

Posted by Ian Daniel on 29 April 2010

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Celebrating the new door frame

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The new door frame in place

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Wattling has been finished

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Wattling between the posts

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Over the past weeks we've been building a new roundhouse here. Join us over the next few weeks to see the building develop. Dafydd Wiliam is busy constructing the roundhouse and I'll be around to explain the process to you. You can follow the daily developments on

This Saturday and Monday (1st and 3rd of May) you can join me to experience fire lighting and cooking techniques. I wonder how similar these techniques actually are to those used by people during the Iron Age?

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