Phase I - Mesolithic and Neolithic

 

 

Fig 5: Artistís impression of prehistoric hunter-gatherers at Wood Hall.

(Copyright Wakefield MDC Museums and Arts)

 

Finds of flint tools and waste from the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods from all areas of the excavations at Wood Hall suggest intermittent but regular use of the slightly raised, drier 'island' (which later became the moated site), with its springs of fresh water, as a base during hunting or gathering expeditions. A fragment of a Neolithic saddle quern was recovered, in association with flint artefacts, from a small excavation in the field ('annexe') immediately north of the moat. No evidence of hearths or structures was found in the excavated areas, suggesting that Wood Hall was not a major settlement site at this time.

 

 

 

Fig 6: Prehistoric flint tools excavated at Wood Hall (1cm grid)

 

 

 

Phase II Iron Age and Romano-British

 

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