Wattle and Daub

   In this workshop the participants get to make a wattle-and-daub wall.

   To begin with, we look at different types of houses using photographs of reconstructed buildings and archaeological evidence. We encourage the participants to think about what buildings are made from and the tools that might have been used. One way of making strong insulating walls was by using wattle and daub - a clever system of covering a 'wattle' (a woven panel) with 'daub' (a mixture of chopped straw and clay). Our daub does not include any animal dung, though we explain the reasons why some experts think it should!

   We supply the hazel or willow 'wattle', straw and clay.

Key Facts / Sources:
where clay comes from; uses; what archaeologists find; tools; reconstructed buildings; Viking Jorvic; Wikinger Museum Haithabu; West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
5 years upwards
Companion Workshop(s):
Suitable Hand-Outs:
Houses Word Fit
Shelter Information Sheet
hand-washing facilities
Best group size:
15 (as part of 'Food, Clothes and a House' and 'The Thing' classes will be split between two leaders)