c. AD 450–650
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.

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The reconstructed Anglo-Saxon is now a part of West Stow Country Park:


Further reading

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