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There is substantial evidence for the filling of earlier features, often with dumps of pottery, and a shift of settlement in the Early Iron Age, though some sites such as North Shoebury do show continuous settlement. Settlement sites have been excavated at a number of sites, including Great Wakering, Slough House Farm, Beacon Green, and Fox Hall.

The standard domestic structure throughout the Iron Age was the roundhouse, often with a deep gully, either a foundation trench or a drainage feature for rainwater coming from the roof. In the Later Iron Age a variety of settlement types were used, from small farmsteads such as Wendens Ambo, sprawling sites such as Mucking, open villages such as Little Waltham, and enclosed defended sites as at Stansted ACS.