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The Excavation of an Iron Age Settlement at Thorpe Thewles, Cleveland 1980–1982

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D H Heslop (1987)

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Excavation on the site of a cropmark enclosure revealed a complex sequence of occupation stretching from the Mid Iron Age to the 1st century AD with evidence of landscape organization before and after this period. The site produced the largest collections of Iron Age finds, animal remains and carbonized seeds recovered from northern England to date, and a wide range of structures, enclosures and boundaries were recorded. The results point to an unsuspected level of development in the fertile lowlands of the region. They suggest that this part of northern England at least was participating in social, economic and agricultural developments normally associated with southern England, including the early introduction of rotary querns and spelt and the adoption of complex, nucleated settlement types.

CBA Research Report 65