West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village is located close to West Stow in Suffolk. It is set in a 125 acre country park which is a heathland nature reserve with a mix of woodland and lakes. The river Lark runs through the park close to the village.
The village was discovered during a trial testing for a new sand and gravel quarry. Fragments of pottery were found and this led to the archeological excavation of West Stow between 1965 and 1972. This area had been covered in sand in the 13th century preserving the remains of the village as most of the timber has rotted away. The site is believed to have been occupied between AD 420 to 650, over 400 years before the Norman Conquest.
Once the archeological excavation was over, the village was reconstructed. This was done with the tools and techniques used in Anglo-Saxon times to better understand the construction of the village and different techniques were used on different houses. The houses are complete with benches, beds and cooking pits. The village includes a foundry, animal pens as well as herb gardens and free range chickens.