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Changes of the town

The research made it clear that the town occupied from the late thirteenth century to the beginning of the sixteenth century.

Early stage (the late thirteenth century to the beginning of the fourteenth century)

The town was situated in an area that the ground was firm. On the outskirts of the town where the ground was sandy, there were few facilities except graves or natural streams. The town was divided into some blocks with alleys and ditches. Wells and buildings were found in blocks.

Middle stage (the fourteenth century to the early fifteenth century)

The residential area became enlarged. The sandy ground to the south of the town was firmed with the fill, and came to be divided into some strips that ran lengthwise from east to west. Each strips enclosed by ditches afterwards by fences. The number of facilities such as wells increased. We can see that the town had much developed in this stage.

Last stage (the middle fifteenth century to the beginning of the sixteenth century)

The layout of the town had changed from the preceding stages. Northern parts of the town were enclosed by heavily constructed fences. In the south, two square residences appeared, which were enclosed by wide and deep ditches. These residences were so large that we can assume to be residences of prominent people.
By the middle sixteenth century, most of facilities had disappeared. The town had transformed into agricultural fields in the late seventeenth century.

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