Homes for Ordinary
People n the Dark Ages
- Ordinary Britons usually
lived in farms or small villages.
- The buildings might be made of
wood or stone.
- The roofs were probably thatched
with reeds or straw.
- Some homes were rectangular, but
round houses were very popular.
- The British had lived in round
houses before the Romans took over. Round houses have no corners which
need stronger materials.
- The houses had only one floor
and one room.
- Archaeologists have dug up the
remains of several British farms. The picture is of one found at
Gwithian in Cornwall. Another found at Pant-y-Saer on Anglesey (in
Wales) also had some rectangular buildings and a wall round it.
- There were hearths inside where
the people could make a fire to cook on and to keep them warm.
- Ordinary people probably didn't
have much furniture.
- They kept their animals near the
house. What animals can you see in the picture? Does the picture show
evidence of any animals not shown?
- Some ordinary Britons lived in
similar buildings near the 'great halls' of their lord or
- Remains of villages are hard for
archaeologists to find. This is because there are still villages in
the same places today.