Significant medieval find discovered during work on Nottingham development
Archaeologists working on the construction of a new creative and digital learning space for Nottingham Trent University and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies have unearthed the best preserved medieval site seen in Nottingham for 15 years.
Trent & Peak Archaeology (part of York Archaeological Trust), have discovered enclosure ditches and square rock-cut pits filled with pottery, glass and roof tiles which appear to indicate pottery production took place in very close proximity.
The construction site in Convent Street lies just outside Parliament Street –the boundary of what is considered Nottingham’s medieval town – meaning this could be one of the very few examples of craft and industry found just to the outside of the medieval town.
Paul Flintoft, project manager at Trent & Peak Archaeology, said: “With all the development taking place in the city in the coming years, this could be the first of many such finds which may change our understanding of Nottingham’s medieval economy.”
The artefacts are being removed from the site and cleaned for further analysis and there will be more information and photographs available soon.
Marc Preite, Nottingham Trent University’s project manager for the new development, said the find would not delay the work in any way as he had factored for archaeological work in the plan. He added: “We had planned for archaeological investigations and so this is all factored into our schedule and we are working closely with relevant specialists to ensure the artefacts are dealt with properly.”
Staff and students from several of the university’s arts and humanities courses will be visiting the site to learn more about the significance of the finds.
Confetti’s Director of Operations, Greg Marshall said: “It seems quite appropriate that our new digital media hub could be built on a site where a creative industry was practiced hundreds of years ago.”