Workshop on archaeo-based building: Iron Age cavity wall

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


A two-day workshop on archaeology-inspired modern building at Blue Home Almere (Oosterwold-project, NL) with a guest visit by Dr. Tanja Romankiewicz (University of Edinburgh).

During this two-day workshop, introductions will be given on the Oosterwold and Blue Homes projects (Joost Fluitsma), the design for the wall (Daniël Postma, Archaeo Build) and archaeo-based building as a starting point for modern eco-building (Dr. Tanja Romankiewicz, University of Edinburgh). By far the most time will be spent on building a 3 m long and 2 m high wall section, with traditional materials and tools. House plans from Iron Age buildings were used to inform the design, drawing on excavations previously conducted in the zone around the former Zuiderzee, in which the city of Almere is now centrally located. Activities will include: building a sturdy form-work from wattle; natural insulation and heat storage; making rammed earth; fitting in (window) openings in a double wattle wall with rammed earth core; mixing and applying a daub base coat for clay plastering. Participants of the workshop will learn: key features and possibilities of archaeo-based building; building a wall from local, natural materials (wattle, rammed earth, insulation, daub); fixing a wall plate for supporting a roof on the wall. The workshop is part of the National Archaeology Days. The test wall can be admired free of charge during the Blue Home Almere open day on Sunday 15 October. As part of this workshop Dr. Tanja Romankiewicz will explain about the research she has conducted at the University of Edinburgh over the past few years. Tanja trained as an architect as well as an archaeologist and currently seeks to combine insights from both professional fields. Some of the most important building materials and techniques from Tanja’s research will be used in a newbuild in Almere: a double wattle wall will an earthen core. Archaeo Build asked Tanja to present her research on ancient building methods and highlight what archaeology-inspired newbuilds may do for us.
Period13 Oct 201714 Oct 2017
Event typeWorkshop
LocationNetherlandsShow on map