Roundhouses for Bees and Bugs
Artist Dylan Sutton has developed this fantastic concept for CAER Studio: roundhouses for bees and bugs! Based on the design of the Iron Age roundhouse, these terracotta ceramics will provide homes for solitary bees and other invertebrates.
Roundhouses were the standard form of housing built in Britain from the Bronze Age throughout the Iron Age, and in some areas well into the Sub Roman period. They used walls made either of stone or of wooden posts joined by wattle-and-daub panels and a conical thatched roof and ranged in size from less than 5m in diameter to over 15m.
Most of what is assumed about these structures is derived from the layout of the postholes, although a few timbers have been found preserved in bogs. The rest has been postulated by experimental archaeology, which has shown the most likely form and function of the buildings. For example, experiments have shown that a conical roof with a pitch of about 45 degrees would have been the strongest and most efficient design. A reconstruction of the Bryn Eryr Iron Age Farmstead at St Fagans is based on a groundplan of two roundhouses connected to form a figure-of-eight.
Our terracotta roundhouses have been individually created at Our Place Dusty Forge by regular members of the Community Garden group and the Thursday retreat. They come in two sizes: small and large.