Northumberland coal mine hides Anglo Saxon village

"The surface mine at Shotton has given us the first direct evidence of Anglo-Saxon settlement in this part of the county and has confirmed its potential for making important archaeological discoveries," said Karen Derham, Northumberland County Council Assistant County Archaeologist about the recent discovery of an Anglo-Saxon settlement.

The team believes that the settlement consisted of at least six houses, "two buildings with sunken floors and a system of enclosures, fences and trackways." Also found were pottery, loom weights and metalworking residues. Several other surface mine sites may be investigated in the future.