York Archaeological Trust to Investigate New Stadium Site.
*UPDATED 30th April, 2015*
With the recent announcement by City of York Council of the start date for development of the new Community Stadium, York Archaeological Trust has been awarded the tender to deliver an archaeological investigation of the site, prior to works starting.
The investigation, called Dig York Stadium, will see a community team including archaeologists from the Trust and local participants explore and discover the archaeology of the new community stadium site.
An archaeological investigation is needed to ensure a record is made of the archaeological remains on the site before they are removed by the construction of the new stadium. The site is of archaeological importance, dating back to Roman times with the possibility of prehistoric activity; the better preserved elements of it being a Scheduled Monument that lies just outside the site of the proposed new stadium development.
“York Archaeological Trust is delighted to be chosen as the winning tender to deliver an investigation into this exciting development,” comments Dave Aspden, Operations and Contracts Manager for York Archaeological Trust. “During excavations we should find the remains of a defensive ditch for a temporary Roman camp that will provide an excellent opportunity to further understand their layout and function, as well as create a great platform for the local community to engage with archaeology and their local heritage.”
Excavations will begin on the 25th May lasting six weeks, with a geo-physical survey, desk based assessments and metal detecting of the site happening beforehand.
For details on how you can get involved and to keep up to date on the project, visit the blog.