A henge is a prehistoric architectural structure. In form, it is a nearly circular or oval-shaped flat area enclosed by a boundary earthwork that usually comprises a ditch with an external bank. A series of henges lie in the Millfield plain.
The Yeavering Henge permits access to the interior two opposed entrances are broadly aligned to a nearby standing stone of late Neolithic / early Bronze Age date.
Excavations carried out by Dr Anthony Harding in 1976 also produced additional evidence of Anglian occupation in that area, including industrial activity involving the use of small crucibles for bronze-working.
In 1976 excavations to the south of the road demonstrated early Neolithic domestic activity in the form of pits containing ‘Carinated Ware’ (3940-3380BC). Sometime around 2000BC a ritual enclosure with an outer bank (henge) was constructed, with a crouched burial set at its western entrance.
The discovery of a boundary fence, and pits containing evidence of metal-working (crucibles, slag and clay), suggest that during the 6th-7th century this quarter of the settlement may have been reserved for industrial workshops.Click on the above thumbnail images to reveal more detail.