Yesterday I went with the kids of our school to the Quinsons’ Museum of Prehistory.
Of course the kids enjoyed the visit but one of the things they liked the most was the Prehistoric Village, not far from the museum itself.
In this space habitats of various eras (from 1.8 million years to the Bronze Age) have been constructed according to data from excavations.
The Olduvai Gorge Stone Circle (Tanzania, 1,8 million years) is not a house yet but it looks like a first attempt of marking boundaris and setting up a place where people coud gather.
Terra Amata Hut (Nice, 400 000 years). Terra Amata is an archeological site in open air located on the slopes of Mount Boron in Nice. [...] The site, originally on a prehistoric beach, contained tools of the lower Paleolithic period, dated to about 400,000 BC, as well as traces of some of the earliest domestication of fire in Europe. The site now contains a museum of prehistoric Nice, where some of the objects discovered are on display. (Source: Wikipedia).
Paleolithic Teepee (Paris, 15 000 years). This kind of shelter was used in different (and very far areas) of the world at about the same time.
Abitazione Neolitica (Isère, France – 3000 A. C.). In the Alps, by the lakesides, the Neolitic farmers used to build lake dwellings with wood, clay and thatch.
Cambous Hyt (Hérault, France, 2500 A. C.). Cambous is the site of the oldest sheperds’ villages in France.
The village which dates from the Copper Age, has two groups of huts, in an excellent state of preservation.
All the huts in the prehistoric village can be visited.
We even used one as a class!