Butser Ancient Farm
Butser Ancient Farm is not just a great day out; it’s also one of the most interesting archaeological sites in Hampshire, a real working farm used as an open-air research laboratory to explore the ancient world.
Containing reconstructions of late ancient buildings, Iron Age roundhouses, prehistoric livestock and crops, the farm has revolutionised the perception of the pre-Roman Iron Age economy.
The story of Butser Ancient Farm began with a decision in 1970 by the Council for British Archaeology. They wanted to establish a working ‘ancient farm’ where archaeologists could experiment to test their theories on how people lived in Iron Age times. In 1972 they recruited experimental archaeologist Peter Reynolds to run the site as project director.
Butser Ancient Farm was initially located on the site of an original Bronze and Iron Age farmstead on Butser Hill, but in 1989 was fully relocated to a site at Hillscombe Down before being moved once again in 1991 to Bascombe Copse on the slopes of Windmill Hill.
The farm is open to the public and is easily located just off the A3 about 5 miles south of Petersfield.