In England, a pre-Christian temple has been discovered. It was built over 1400 years ago.

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4 min readNov 24, 2023

Archaeologists conducting excavations in an ancient royal settlement have found a mysterious temple. Researchers claim it dates back to the times of the first kings of East England, before the advent of Christianity.

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Suffolk is a county in eastern England, located on the North Sea, within the geographical-historical region called East England. In the 6th century, an Anglo-Saxon kingdom emerged here, which was later conquered by Danish Vikings in the 9th century. In this region lies the small village of Rendlesham, which housed a royal settlement in medieval times.

Pre-Christian Temple in East England

It was precisely in this location that archaeologists conducted their latest excavations. Researchers have just announced that the recent work has led to an intriguing discovery. It turns out that over 1400 years ago, there was a temple here, presumably dedicated to pre-Christian gods. The findings were made during the summer as part of the ‘Rendlesham Revealed’ project by Suffolk County Council.

Interestingly, in the same region in 2022, archaeologists unearthed remnants of a royal hall, also built around the 6th century. Researchers concluded at the time that the building once belonged to the earliest rulers who governed East England.

Initially believed to have been a wooden structure measuring 23 meters in length and 10 meters in width, new research revealed that the royal hall was even larger. Researchers determined that there was a royal settlement covering an area of approximately 123 acres in the village during the early medieval period.

Royal Settlement in East England

At that time, scholars speculated that this might be the same hall described by the venerable Bede in his works. The clergyman is considered the creator of the earliest and most reliable chronology of England’s history, earning him the title…

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