However, the Anglo Saxon remains came as a complete surprise.
Jonathan McKelvey, archaeological project manager with TWM Archaeology, said: "The site is not only a significant archaeological find for the county, but an important comparative site for other Anglo Saxon sites elsewhere in the country.
But in spite of this, Anglo Saxon society was a place rich in culture - a fact proved by the stunning artifacts in the Staffordshire hoard found by metal detector Tony Herbert.
Beowulf is only one example of the Anglo Saxon world's poetic splendour.
Yesterday he showed off a pristine 11th century Anglo Saxon
coin with what appeared to be the head of Edward the Confessor stamped on it.
Dr Steve Sherlock, a Redcar man born and bred is one of the leading Anglo Saxon archaeologists of his generation.
He has taken the study of Anglo Saxon settlement not only in the region, but nationally to another level of understanding.
"Visitors are in for a triple treat - an Anglo Saxon
Taking place on July 19 families can go down to the World Museum and see what life was like for Anglo Saxons
Alex Croom, curator at the fort, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to experience Anglo Saxon life and to find out more about the earliest English citizens."
Visitors to a Roman fort will be able to meet Anglo Saxons this weekend.
Scragg's view that 'few of the authors of the Middle Ages had an interest in the Anglo-Saxon period' ('Introduction--The Anglo Saxons
: Fact and Fiction', in Literary Appropriations of the Anglo-Saxons from the Thirteenth to the Twentieth Century, ed.
It all began, says Ackroyd, with the Anglo Saxons
who invaded England after the Roman departure around 400 AD.
On the 7th October all of Year 4 visited Bede's World in Jarrow as part of their work on Anglo Saxons
. Bede's World is a reconstructed Saxon village and farm.
Pollington has written many books about the Anglo Saxons
and Old English.