Wattle and Daub
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!
Questions answered: Did they put dung in the mix, and why? How is a wattle and daub wall made? What is it made from? How long does it last?