Estonian students find Iron Age life smoky and cold
By David Mardiste, Reuters
ROUGE, Estonia (Reuters) – Ever wondered what it was like to endure an Iron Age winter?
Five students in the small Baltic state of Estonia, who have abandoned modern conveniences for a week in a replica wooden hut built on the site of an ancient hill fort, have discovered that Iron Age accommodation was mainly cold, dark and smoky.
“You can’t heat and be in the building and after dark there is no light,” said Kristiina Paavel, 24, one of the students. (…) “We were worried about the cold weather and heating, but after this morning we feel a little more confident we can last the five days,” Paavel said after the temperature fell to -25 degrees Celsius Monday.
The log hut’s design was from before chimneys were in use and took two years to cut and assemble by hand. It sits on top of the foundations of an original Iron Age building excavated in 1955. (…)
“Things I miss from the modern world would be a chimney, toilet paper and electricity for light.”read all
After reading the text above, think about these questions:
– Would you like to participate in such an experiment? Why?
– What do you think you would miss most from the modern world? Why?
– How many days you think you could stay in such ‘Iron Age’ conditions?
Write answer to one of these questions (5-10 sentences).