Bill Schindler (foreground) with Jason O’Brien (left) and Aidan O’Sullivan at the Centre for Experimental Archaeology & Material Culture, at UCD Belfield, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I’m sitting on a large log in a reconstructed early medieval roundhouse in the middle of suburban Dublin. There’s a fire burning in the middle of the (...)

Brendan O’Neill  at work on his early medieval round house on the UCD campus. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

How did our ancestors create the world they lived in? How did they survive without the modern accoutrements that make our lives easy? The question is(...)