Sheffield researchers lead the way... deep into the past

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A PROJECT led by archaeologists from Sheffield University is beginning to build an Iron Age roundhouse.

The roundhouse will become a place people can learn about Iron Age life.

It will be built in the Nightingale Centre in Great Hucklow in the Peak District, originally founded as a convalescent home for World War One injured servicemen.

It is now a charity holiday centre which runs retreats for children.

To mark the start of the project at 2pm this Sunday, local groups, schools and villagers will be placing time capsules in the foundations.

Iron Age activities will include pot making and bronze casting and opportunities to help build the house itself.

Senior lecturer Dr Roger Doonan said: “We want this to be a community space used by many groups and it seems fitting to involve everyone, not just in its use, but also in its making.

“I hope many people will want to place a little special something in the time capsule pit.

“Making a foundation deposit creates a nice connection with Iron Age communities.”