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Fish Weir

 

Towards the northern part of the palaeochannel at Stainton West, at the level of the Early Neolithic wooden platform, a collapsed hurdle fence comprising hazel withies, woven between stakes of alder wood, stretched westwards from the east bank of the channel. Other stakes were arranged in a parallel alignment several metres further to the south. One interpretation that is being considered is that these structures were weirs or fences used to trap fish in the stream so that they could be caught.