The Saxon Hut.

During the excavation of Room 1, detailed examination of a large rectangular area -- associated with layers of burnt debris -- showed that in about A.D. 800, Anglo-Saxons had built a large sunken hut there.

A semi-basement, about 20 feet by 12 feet, had been excavated in the earth fill of Room 1 and a wooden hut of upright boards and posts had been built -- this is typical of the Anglo-Saxon houses (grübenhauser) of the 5th to 8th centuries.

The hut had been used for weaving, as nearly 200 circular, clay loomweights have been found -- baked hard when the hut eventually burned down.