© David Freeman


The majority of animals in the world create a sleeping space of some kind. Humans are no different. In caves and shelters, sleeping areas can be discovered, in buildings and houses it becomes more obvious. In the excavations of stone age houses there are bed areas of both timber and stone. The author has created beds for some of the house constructs he has built over the years.

This bed was for the construct of the Durrington Walls house 851. The excavation of the house showed that it had a chalk paste floor, and the imprints of timber beds chambers matched the layouts of the Skara Brae houses of the same period, and at Skara Brae they were built of stone.
This bed is hand hewn ash planks, with mortise and tenon joints holding them together.
The Peat Moors Centre had two houses constructed. The house designated M74 was suitable for decoration, and furnishing. This bed was constructed from ash poles, and hazel rods. The sleeping surface of the bed was woven from hazel, and proved very comfortable. It had a layer of hay as a mattresses, and a number of sheep skins to lay on. It remained serviceable for a number of years.
Representing the late iron age, this bed was made of oak planks. There was a planked surface inside the frame, and at various times had a mattresses of reed, wool fleece, or hay. The most successful was the reed.
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