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Pyramid, Perimeters, and Poles: Timber Solutions for Modern Buildings in an Anglo-Saxon Village

The West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village is a cooperation between St Edmundsbury Borough Council, the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village Trust, and the Friends of West Stow Anglo- Saxon Settlement. The chance finding of fragments of pottery unearthed by burrowing rabbits led to the discovery of this important archaeological site. Fortunately, the area had been covered by a sand dune since the 13th century, giving archaeologists the opportunity to study a largely undisturbed Anglo-Saxon village. Most of the original timbers had decayed, but Suffcient evidence remained to plot the changes that took place between the 5th and 7th centuries and to gain a good impression of the form of the settlement. To make the discoveries accessible to the public, the village was reconstructed using tools and techniques available to the Anglo-Saxons. Fig 1 gives an indication of these reconstructions, each of which tests specific archaeological ideas. Deb Turnbull and Martin Milner

Author(s): Turnbull, D B;Milner, M;Hislop, P J

Keywords: architecture;pyramidal;visitor centres;anglo-saxon village;west stow anglo-saxon village;reconstruction;timber;poles;trussed beams;durability