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Anglo-Saxon settlement at Thirlings (Ewart)

In July 1971, the cropmarks of six rectangular buildings were discovered by aerial photography. Excavations between 1973 and 1981 found they were built of timber and were similar to others found in the area that dated to the sixth or seventh centuries. Two of the buildings lay within wooden fenced enclosures. A number of finds were also discovered, including an Anglo-Saxon knife and sherds of pottery. Taken together, the style of buildings and the finds suggest that this was a small Anglo-Saxon settlement. However, this was not the earliest human presence on the site. Several pits were found scattered across the site and, when excavated, sherds of Neolithic pottery were found inside them. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N2154
Historical period: Early Medieval (410 to 1066)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Later Prehistoric (4000BC to 43AD)
Neolithic (4000BC to 2200BC)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):EXCAVATION, Excavations of Early Medieval Settlement at Thirlings, Northumberland 1981; MIKET, R

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Source of Reference
Local History of Ewart


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