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Interview with Peter Reynolds of Cregneash about the House of Manannan (Manx National Heritage) project

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Date(s): after 1990 and before 1997

Creator(s): Manx National Heritage

Scope & Content: Tracks 1 & 2: Experimental archaeologist Peter Reynolds, in discussion with representatives of Manx National Heritage and others about a potential project to construct an Iron Age Round House in the Isle of Man. They talk about the concept of reconstruction of prehistoric buildings; use of deductive logic using data rather than imagination; importance of museums; cost of building an iron age hut; timescale and budget; timber and building materials; design of hut; floor design and timber frame; Gerhard Bersu excavations using internees in the Isle of Man; carbon dating and some of the conclusions from Bersu’s excavations; hut interior; purpose of roundhouses as meeting places; project as ‘a piece of museology’; potential for photographs, videos, virtual tours; sponsorship from companies for the project; example of National Museum in Wales; value of project to understanding of archaeology in Isle of Man; benefits of building in situ in the landscape; thatch; merits of ‘living history’; Plymouth Plantation experience in the US; volunteer actors; ring structure of round house; marram grass in thatching in the Isle of Man; turf walls in the Isle of Man; limitations of Bersu’s excavation findings; structure as more important than the internal dressing; Cockley Clay Iceni Village in Norfolk; the reconstruction of the round house as a ‘growth industry’; new galleries making people rethink what they thought about the island; entry to the gallery to be ‘a forest of timbers’; story telling and harpists within the structure; quality of acoustics in the structure.

Language: English

Extent: 1 hr. 25 min. 41 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0327/3

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