|The Archaeology of York 17/15
Finds from Medieval York
by Patrick Ottaway and Nicola Rogers
This report is the definitive publication of some 6,000 objects made in a wide range of materials,
including iron and non-ferrous metals, stone, glass and jet. They come from contexts dated to between c.1066 and 1600, excavated at four major sites in the medieval city; 16–22 Coppergate
(medieval tenements), Bedern foundry (bronze-working workshop), Bedern (College of the Vicars
Choral of York Minster) and 46–54 Fishergate (Gilbertine Priory).
The first part of the report describes tools and implements, including those used in metalworking, leatherworking and textile manufacture. It also discusses the debris from craft activity, including a report on the analysis of non-ferrous metalworking waste at the Bedern Foundry and College sites. In addition, there is a full report on the metallurgy of seventeen iron knives to set alongside analyses of Anglian and Anglo-Scandinavian specimens from York.
The second part presents a wide range of objects, many of which were used on the sites where they were found. They provide a vivid insight into aspects of life as it was experienced in medieval York and include items of personal dress and clothing, jewellery, glass and other vessels, equipment for horse and rider, and a substantial assemblage of objects which illustrate the character of buildings, their fittings and furnishings.
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