West Stow

It is 50 years since the beginning of a major archaeological campaign at West Stow. Over the course of eight seasons, what remains one of the most extensively excavated early Anglo-Saxon settlements in the country was revealed. The excavations revolutionised our understanding of the design and construction of timber buildings of that time, seriously questioning the then prevailing view of Anglo-Saxons as unsophisticated people who lived in holes in the ground. Once the excavations had finished, the unique opportunity arose to put these new interpretations to the test. An exercise in experimental archaeology that began in 1973 still continues: to date ten Anglo-Saxon buildings have been reconstructed on the site.

A retrospective article about the site written by Dr Richard Hoggett, was published in the September/October 2015 issue of British Archaeology magazine. The article can be read by clicking here


The first archaeological monograph on the early Anglo-Saxon settlement was published in two volume in the East Anglian Archaeology Series in 1985, and was followed in 1990 by volumes concerning the prehistoric and Roman occupation of the site and the evidence for Anglo-Saxon animal husbandry at the site. 

To mark the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the main excavation campaign and the 30th anniversary of the first monographs we are making PDFs versions of the site reports available to download from this page. Each report can be accessed by clicking on the covers above or the links below. 

West, S. 1985. West Stow: The Anglo-Saxon Village. Volume 1: The Text

West, S. 1985. West Stow: The Anglo-Saxon Village. Volume 2: The Figures

Crabtree, P. 1990. West Stow: Early Anglo-Saxon Animal Husbandry

West, S. 1990. West Stow: The Prehistoric and Romano-British Occupations

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