Enjoying the wonderful outdoors – Iron-Age style

HOG Visitors to Butser Ancient Farm. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132237-6309)
HOG Visitors to Butser Ancient Farm. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132237-6309)
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FORGET computers and televisions – hunting for archaeological remains and making chalk bricks is a much more interesting way to spend the summer holidays.

Thirty children rolled up their sleeves for an action-packed day at Butser Ancient Farm, at Chalton, near Clanfield.

The archaeological open-air museum features replica Iron Age roundhouses and a Roman villa.

Youngsters tried their hand at crushing South Downs chalk and then mixing it up to make mud bricks.

And they took part in an archaeological dig, as well as letting their creative juices flow with chalk carving and mosaic making.

The event was part of the Rural Areas Play Project, which is run by East Hampshire District Council and aims to tackle boredom during the school holidays.

It is the first time the scheme has visited Butser.

Lisa Clements, who co-ordinates the scheme, said: ‘It’s been a really successful day. We will definitely be going back.’