Hartlington Stones may have been large-scale bread oven

Archaeologists may have to revise their conclusions on the Hartlington Stones in the English Yorkshire Dales from medieval corn drying kiln to communal bread oven. (photo)

Dr David Johnson, the archaeologist leading the inquiry, said that experts knew of the existence of such an oven in the area, but had not located it. “The structure is also very near to the site of the Medieval manor house and lords of the manor controlled bread baking in the community as they saw it as a source of income for themselves, so the oven’s location fits," he said.

The excavation is scheduled to be recovered in fall 2010.