What Did Houses Look Like During the Iron Age? Roundhouses were basic one-roomed buildings used by British Iron Age households. These houses have a pointed roof and circular walls. There was room for food storage, straw and animal skin beds, and a small kiln within. People would have slept on the straw bed with their clothes next to it on the ground.
They would not have been very comfortable! But they were effective at keeping out the weather and any wild animals that may have attacked them.
Roundhouses were built from wood and covered in clay or mud which was then packed hard when dry. They could be as little as 10 feet (3 m) across but usually had openings in them so people could get in and out easily.
There are examples of roundhouses in Scotland, England, Wales, Germany, France, and Belgium. They can still be seen today in some museums and historic sites.
People started building roundhouses after about 200 B.C. They were probably used for ceremonies or meetings instead of sleeping in because there were no windows or doors.
The reason why houses during this time period were mostly round is because trees weren't widely available in most parts of Europe so people made do with what they had. The Irish also used wood, so if you look at old drawings of houses you will see that they often have round corners.
Roundhouses from the Bronze Age were circular constructions with wattle (woven wood) and daub (mud and straw) walls or dry stone walls. Because they were built on wetlands, some residences had to be erected on stilts. Roundhouses often had thatched roofs or were covered with grass laid over a wooden beam cone. The floors were usually made of clay.
Bronze Age houses were probably just as likely to be found in villages as isolated farms. They tended to be more elaborate than their wooden predecessors. Houses from this period used metal pins to hold the roof together instead of being nailed. Roofs were often made out of copper. Walls were made of mud mixed with straw and sometimes clay for insulation. The floor was usually made of wood but sometimes dirt was used instead.
Iron Age houses continued to evolve. By the Roman era, many were made entirely out of wood, including the roundhouses I have mentioned before. The Romans built many large cities during their time in Britain. Some of these cities still stand today such as London, York, and Edinburgh. Others weren't so lucky - they got demolished after they fell into disuse. One such city is Hod Hill in Somerset. It was first settled around 700 BC but was largely abandoned by 50 AD. Some families may have moved away but most likely were killed when the city was attacked by enemy forces.
Families resided in circular dwellings within the hill forts. These were basic one-room houses with a pointed thatched roof and wattle and daub walls (a mixture of mud and twigs). A fire in the center of a circular home cooked meals in a cauldron. There was no glass in those days.
The Iron Age started around 1000 B.C. and ended about 500 A.D. People built their own homes, using logs or stones as building materials. They also hunted wild animals for food and kept livestock such as cows, pigs, and sheep. Although they didn't have any metal tools, they dug trenches and ditches to protect their crops during floods and earthquakes. Also, they used bones, shells, and stone implements.
People lived in larger communities by 300 B.C. They built large fortified houses together with shops, warehouses, and public buildings. They also used copper for cooking and heating.
By 200 A.D., the Romans had taken over Britain and they brought their culture with them. They built their own houses similar to the ones already existing in Europe. However, the Britons didn't like these new houses and refused to move into them. So, the Romans allowed them to build their own style of houses instead.
These are just some examples of how the Iron Age people lived.
The dwellings' walls were made of crudely hewn stone blocks, and the roof (5) was made of wooden beams covered with layers of branches and smoothed down clay. This home design was exceedingly widespread during the Iron Age, particularly in Israel and Judah. It remained popular into later times under Roman rule.
Houses in ancient Israel looked somewhat like this one from Samaria on display at the Israel Museum. The house was built around 1800 B.C. and is made of limestone blocks that were probably brought from nearby hills. The roof is of pine trees planted in rows with their roots exposed above ground level.
Ancient houses such as this one were not only used for living in, but also as stores where crops were kept and livestock sheltered from rain and sun. They often had separate rooms for eating and cooking food, sleeping, and worshiping God.
Here are some other pictures of houses from around the world:
Egypt: Houses in Egypt were usually one or two stories high and made of mud bricks. There were no windows and only a few doors on each building. There were no locks or keys back then!
India: In India, most people lived in villages. Each village had its own government-appointed leader who called themselves "sarpanch." Their job was to protect the community and lead religious ceremonies.
The manor house in the 11th century was normally a modest group of buildings encircled by a wooden fence or stone enclosure; there would have been a hall with lodging, a kitchen, a chapel, storage rooms, and even agricultural buildings. In time, these functions were divided up among them members of the family.
A castle would be built around this core if it were deemed necessary for defense purposes; often owners would build their own defenses instead. These could include ditches and banks or even just a large gate through which only people who knew the password could enter.
The great castles of Europe such as those in England or France were usually made up of several components built over time by different people. They might start out as simple farms and become fortified homes over time with additions made using wood or stone according to what resources were available. The best-known example is probably Chillingham Castle in Northumberland which has been owned by the same family for hundreds of years; originally constructed in the 12th century it has been expanded many times since then.
As you can see, a manor house and a castle are two very different things. A castle is an armed fortress used to protect its residents or supply line from invasion while a manor house is simply a home for one or more families living on a manorial estate.