West Stow

  • Period: Anglo-Saxon
  • Type: Settlement
  • Address: West Stow, Suffolk
  • OS Grid Ref:

The early Anglo-Saxon village has been carefully reconstructed where following a major archaeological dig from 1965-1972 headed by Dr. Stanley West of West Suffolk Archaeology Unit. During the excavation 69 houses, 7 halls and 7 other structures were found. It is also thought that farming was carried out during the Iron Age , Mesolithic warriors had hunted here, and that a Neolithic tribe used the area for burial grounds.

Upon entry, visitors can watched a short video that explains the history of the site and why the village was recreated and see related objects (from the dinosaurs to Anglo-Saxon). An interesting museum (beneath the cafe) displays of some of the artefacts found during the excavation of the village and tells the story of this settlement and the people who lived here. This also celebrated in stone scuplture (picture above - Sylvia Beamon and me) just outside the main entrance. In the village itself are nine structures including houses, workshops and halls.

West Stow hosts a number of events throughout the year, including Living History, Reenactments, demonstrations, archery and workshops. The Village is set within a large Country Park with picnic areas, adventure playground, nature trails, lake, cafe, shop and bird hides.

I have hosted a number of flintknapping workshops for adults and YACS (see EVENTS CALENDAR for future dates) at West Stow and performed Stone Age living history at the annual 5000 Years at West Stow event.

 

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