Street house before the Saxons

Dr Sherlock returns to Kirkleatham Museum to unveil more artefacts linked to the highly successful Saxon Princess Exhibition, a stunning showcase of some of the finest Anglo Saxon finds from Northern England. Archaeological excavations to the north of Loftus between 1979 and 2004 present a wealth of evidence of how people lived in East Cleveland over the last 5,000 years. The results of the excavations are presented in the exhibition Street House before the Saxons and opens its doors to visitors on Saturday 12th July 2014 at Kirkleatham Museum Redcar. The exhibition shows the varied range of sites, and the finds demonstrate how people were living in this part of North East Yorkshire thousands of years ago. The excavations have found a Neolithic cairn (3000 BC), Bronze Age burial sites, the remains of a timber house and two timber circles that date to around 2000 BC. During the Iron Age (300 BC), families were living in a settlement, growing crops and rearing animals. A Roman villa (AD 370) was found in the next field where people were making jet jewellery and pottery, and trading products around the area. This location became the setting for an Anglo-Saxon village, the home of a Saxon Princess. This exhibition tells the story of the dig through photographs, two films, archaeological objects and offers the chance for children to find out about Roman life and dress up as a Roman!

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