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Wassailing

Author: Ruth Tipton, Trainee Archaeologist Wassailing Perhaps somewhat unsurprising but drinking has played an important role in celebrating Christmas for a very long time. There are numerous different festive drinking customs but the one we’re going to focus on is ‘wassailing’. Wassailing is traditionally a twelfth night tradition that dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. The custom…

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Grubenhaus

Author: Ruth Tipton, Trainee Archaeologist Grubenhaus A Grubenhaus (which derives from the German words grube [pit] and haus [house]) is a type of sunken floor building that was built in many parts of northern Europe between the 5th and 12th centuries. They are almost entirely exclusive to Anglo-Saxon settlements, though it is not uncommon to…

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