Suffolk's Story 12


c. AD 450–650
West Stow Anglo-Saxon village

West Stow Anglo-Saxon village

Excavations from 1965 to 1972 revealed one of the earliest settlements of the English people. It had a mixture of timber buildings. The larger ones, built with earthfast posts, are interpreted as ‘halls’ for both living and sleeping; the more numerous and smaller ‘sunken-featured buildings’ (being built over an internal shallow pit) may have been used for ancillary domestic accommodation or working spaces. Experimental recreations of the buildings began in 1973.

11 Undley  12 West Stow  13 Sutton Hoo

The reconstructed Anglo-Saxon is now a part of West Stow Country Park:
http://www.stedmundsbury.gov.uk/weststow/


Further reading

West, S.E., West Stow, the Anglo-Saxon Village, 2 vols, East Anglian Archaeology no. 24, 1985