Ancient beginnings
The site of New Place from the prehistoric to the early medieval period
in Finding Shakespeare’s New Place
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The complex history of Stratford-upon-Avon can be chronicled through the fortunate survival of its early records. The site of New Place is situated in the lower Avon Valley close to a natural fording point along the River Avon. At the beginning of the Neolithic period there was a rapid growth in trade, technology and commerce. Several of the monuments are known from crop marks in the area around Stratford-upon-Avon, and find-spots of Neolithic-worked flint and pottery sherds are known. The Bronze Age is not represented on the site by either physical or artefactual evidence. The Iron Age was a period of immense social, technological and agricultural change. During the Early to Middle Iron Age, settlements consisted of individual farmsteads scattered across the Avon Valley rather than planned, nucleated settlements. The site of New Place is located on the corner of Chapel Street and Chapel Lane.

Finding Shakespeare’s New Place

An archaeological biography

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