The Archaeology of York Web Series
New series of web-based publications
of recent archaeological projects
Web Publications use Adobe PDF and SVG
formats. In order to access the full publication you
will need Acrobat Reader and SVG Viewer installed on
your computer. These can be downloaded free click
on the buttons on the left.
Most of these publications (with the exception of AYW7) have been designed to be viewed using the Mozilla Firefox web browser.
Medieval and Post-Medieval Urban Occupation at 4149 Walmgate,
Principal Author: Neil Macnab
This is the first in YAT's new series of The Archaeology
of York on the web. It deals with excavations between August
and October 2000 which uncovered a complex sequence of buildings
from Anglo-Scandinavian to modern times and much evidence
for metalworking and the daily life of residents in Walmgate,
the industrial hub of medieval York.
the Walls of York: The Road to Hull
Principal Author: David Evans
The second web publication deals with excavations on the
site of the former D.C. Cook car showrooms in Lawrence Street,
York. Roman ditches were identified and excavated and features
of the medieval period included a large boundary ditch, a
barrel-lined well and an oven. Investigation of plant and
invertebrate remains gave a very rare view of rural conditions
on the eastern edge of York.
and Roman remains at 2829 High Ousegate, York, UK
Principal Authors: Neil Macnab and Jane McComish
The site at 2829 High Ousegate, York, was the subject
of an archaeological watching brief and excavation in the
summer of 2002. The excavation uncovered evidence of deposits
of Roman to Anglo-Scandinavian date. The Anglo-Scandinavian
deposits were of particular interest and included a number
of pits, dumped deposits, wattle fences and a stake- and post-built
structure, in addition to an exceptional collection of artefacts,
well preserved in the highly organic deposits. These artefacts
provide evidence for craft industries on the site including
leather working, textile production, antler working and horn
Roman Camp and Prehistoric Site at Monks Cross, York, UK
Principal Author: Mark Johnson
This report details the results of excavations at Monks Cross,
Huntington South Moor, on the north-eastern side of the City
of York. The excavations uncovered two-thirds of a Roman temporary
camp that was discovered by aerial photographers from English
Heritage in 2002. The camp proved to date from the early-mid
2nd century, and was deliberately slighted after a short period
of use. Although laid out to a high standard of surveying
precision, the actual construction of the camp was carried
out with considerably less attention to detail.
Evidence from an Excavation at the former Henlys Garage, Stonebow
Principal Author: Rhona Finlayson
This web publication covers the main results of an excavation
carried out by York Archaeological Trust in 2004 on the site
of the former Henlys garage, adjacent to The Stonebow, York.
The excavation revealed a significant sequence of structures
and occupation on the site dating from the medieval period
to the 20th century. Evidence for medieval copper alloy wire
working, including chain mail, was recovered from the site.
Road surfaces and a sequence of medieval structures were found
which may have been associated with the Carmelite friary known
to be sited in the area.
Lose Their Heads:
An Unusual Cemetery at The Mount, York
Principal Author: Kurt Hunter-Mann
Excavations at 6 Driffield Terrace, off The Mount, York during
2005-6 revealed part of the Roman cemetery known from previous
discoveries in and around The Mount. At least twenty-three
inhumation burials and one cremation were found; most if not
all were adult males, of whom sixteen had been decapitated.
The burials are thought to date to the later 2nd century and
the 3rd century, perhaps continuing into the 4th century.
at 6268 Low Petergate, York
Principal Author: Ben Reeves
Medieval and post-medieval buildings and industrial structures
were found in the four tenements excavated at the rear of
6268 Petergate. A complex sequence of medieval workshop
buildings dating from the 13th15th centuries was uncovered.
In addition to the evidence for metalworking there was evidence
from pit fills of leather and horn working, including a number
of well-preserved, highly decorated leather knife sheaths.
occupation at the site of the former Starting Gate Public House,
4250 Tadcaster Road, Dringhouses, York, UK
Principal Author : Jane McComish
The excavations at the site of the former Starting Gate Public
House, 42-50 Tadcaster Road, Dringhouses, York took place
in the autumn of 2003. The deposits uncovered were largely
of Roman date and were of particular interest as they have
clarified the alignment of a major Roman road in the area
and yielded evidence for the development of an adjacent roadside
settlement. The settlement included the foundations of a large
building interpreted as a possible mansio. Among the finds
recovered were an excellent collection of Roman pottery and,
unusually, a whale vertebra that had been reused as a chopping
Roman, Anglian and Anglo-Scandinavian activity and a medieval cemetery on land at the junction of Dixon Lane and George Street, York
Principal author: J. McComish
This web publication covers the results of an excavation carried out by York Archaeological Trust in 2005/6 on the site at the junction of Dixon Lane and George Street, York. The excavation revealed a significant sequence of structures and occupation on the site dating from the Roman to medieval periods. The focus of the project was the excavation of the medieval cemetery of St Stephen's church. Over 100 burials were recovered and detailed analysis of these has significantly revealed three burials with possible negroid characteristics.
Excavations at Fey Field, Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway
Principal authors J. M. McComish and D. Petts
This web publication covers the results of excavations carried out between 1992-3 and 1995-6 at Fey Field, Whithorn, on behalf of The Whithorn Trust, under the direction of D. Pollock and A. Clarke. The excavations uncovered remains that have enhanced knowledge of the early ecclesiastical site at Whithorn. The excavations have highlighted how areas within the monastic site could repeatedly change function, from ritual use as burial grounds, to settlement or industrial activity. The site has yielded some important early medieval artefacts, notably imported glass and pottery, and a large collection of metal working waste.