A German word meaning ‘sunken-floored building’, used to describe Anglo-Saxon buildings of a roughly rectangular shape. They were constructed by digging the ground level away inside four walls to increase the internal height of the building.

Several Anglo-Saxon sunken-floored huts (Grubenhaus), possibly of 6th-7th century date, were found during gravel digging at Firgrove, Farnham in 1924.

Excavations at Shepperton in 1967 and 1973 revealed a settlement of the 6th to 12th centuries, including a scatter of early Saxon pottery and a sunken featured building of 8th or 9th century date.

Also known as a sunken feature building.

Leave a Comment

Comments posted using the form below will be published on the website. It is therefore recommended that you do not include any personal details or contact information in the comment.

If you have a question and want to provide personal details we recommend you use the 'Contact Us' form instead.

Your email address will not be published but it may be used to contact you with a reply to your comment. Required fields are marked *

  • A huge thanks to everyone who attended The Great Surrey Heritage Show on Saturday. We hope you enjoyed celebrating…