A recent research project on the archaeological find concentrations at the site suggests the camp occupied an area of around 26 hectares.
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There is no evidence for defensive ditches. The camp at Repton Derbyshire was first investigated in revealing a fortified D-shaped enclosure covering only 1. Now, a team from the University of Bristol has found evidence of activity, including metalworking and ship repair, in the area outside this enclosure suggesting a far larger camp like that at Torskey. The overwintering Viking army lived under canvas, rather than constructing timber structures. The size of the Viking forces has been much debated but work at these sites suggests that lower estimates of are too conservative.
This suggests that the Reading camp was similarly located on slightly higher ground on the edge of the Thames floodplain, with marshy land providing natural defences on three sides. Like Repton it probably had an inner defensive enclosure or ditch, possibly securing the rising ground towards the vill on its southern side.
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Grenville G. Astill Historic towns in Berkshire: an archaeological appraisal, Berkshire Archaeological Committee. Medieval Settlement Research. This gallery explores Reading's long history from its origins as a Saxon settlement in the 6th century right up to the present day. The Vikings in Reading. See all posts. Who were the Vikings? An artist's impression of Saxon Reading by the 10th century.
The earlier Viking camp probably lay in the area between the Rivers Thames on the left and Kennet right. Why did they have winter camps? Where was the Viking camp at Reading? The Viking sword found at Reading in What were Viking camps like?
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