Cob on the Walls at the Avalon Marshes Centre

Building the cob walls. Photo by Avalon Marshes Centre.

Building the cob walls Photo by Avalon Marshes Centre.

The ‘new’ Roman dining room at the Avalon Marshes Centre is getting a step closer this week, thanks to the efforts of heritage staff and volunteers.

The low stone walls of the building are now covered with over three feet of cob and are starting to go up.  The stone itself came from the excavated Roman villa on the site of the Cannington by-pass and is being ‘recycled’.

Roman Villa on the Cannington by-pass

Roman Villa on the Cannington by-pass

Marc Cox, part of the Hinkley Point Archaeology Outreach team said “Cob is an amazing, versatile and incredibly ancient building material – a mixture of the right kind of sub-soil, heavily mixed with straw.”

To find out, more go to Marc’s blog https://avalonarchaeology.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/all-you-need-is-cob/ or to http://www.avalonmarshes.org/news?slug=mud-sweat-and-cob