hypothetical conceptual reconstruction of “Building E” from Yeavering. Image of the plan: Hope-Taylor 1977, fig. 55.

The traces of “Building E” from Yeavering consisted in a series of nine concentric trenches progressively narrowing towards the centre of their curvatures to the East. In the central area, a series of posts seemed to indicate a small stage in front of a large pole, both surrounded by a semi-circular screening on the West and by a further pair of rectilinear screens to the North and South. Fragments of daub found in the area led to hypothesise that the screens were made of timbers and wattle covered with plaster. The depth of the trenches was variable, but tended to increase towards West. Rows of rectangular wooden timbers with larger poles at regular intervals were placed vertically inside them. The width of the trenches was defined by two imaginary lines joined in the central large pole and forming an angle recorded by the archaeologist who excavated the site at approx. 54° 30’. Four oblique posts indicate that large trusses were supporting the western part of the structure from the external.

The structure has been interpreted as a wooden tiered grandstand with seats progressively higher to the west and a stage surrounded by wattle-cored screens, accessible by means of a step, and placed between the audience and a large pole possibly carved or carrying an emblem.

Many doubts about the structure’s reconstruction are unsolved. For instance, we do not know its precise height, whether it was covered or not, or the exact arrangement and number of seats.

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