Insight Reports


This series of Insights has been contributed by York Archaeological Trust staff members and external specialists for ‘Finding the Future'YAT’s Resilience Project.

They aim to frame an understanding of aspects of the Trust’s collection of artefacts and their archaeological context; and also to enhance staff involvement. The authors represent a broad range of experience and knowledge. Insights are not presented as YAT publications, they have not been peer reviewed or edited to full publication standard. Rather they should be seen as statements reflecting the research, ideas, knowledge and interests of the individual authors.

They are not necessarily designed to be the definitive word, may not always agree with the Trust’s previous publications, and some of their content may be subject to debate or different interpretation. All within the spirit of Finding the Future.



Analysing the Skeletons Excavated at the former Female Prison – By Jayne Rimmer

Skeletons in the Cupboard – By D. T. Evans 

Exploring the end of Roman York, Queen’s Hotel – By Dr David Petts

Selected Roman Small Finds from the Cemetery at nos. 3 and 6 Driffield Terrace, York – By H.E.M. Cool

Driffield Terrace – By Kurt Hunter-Mann

Pendants Found at the Haymarket, Peasholme Green, York – By Nicola Rogers and Irene Szymanski, with Mags Felter, Illustrations by Lesley Collett & Irene Szymanski

Papal Bullae from Peasholme Green, York – By Nicola Rogers (with thanks to Dr Tim Pestell for his identifications and comments)

A Guide To Ceramic Building Materials – By J.M. McComish

Comb making industry in York during the 19th century – By Zoe Durrant-Walker

Finds from the former Site of St Peter’s School, Union Terrace, York – By Nicola Rogers

Pawsons Warehouse, Skeldergate, York – By Kate Fletcher 

St Mary’s in the Horsefair, The Medieval Hospital at Union Terrace, York – By Helen Houghton

The Rougier family, Comb making in York – By Nicola Rogers, with thanks to Dr Sonia O’Connor

A History of St Peter’s School circa 1557 – 1644 at the Union Terrace Site – By Paul Toy

A Report On The Bedern And Henlys Garage Excavations, York – By J.M. McComish

A Report On Various Excavations In York With Post-Medieval Artefacts Of Note – By J.M. McComish

A Witch bottle from Judges Lodging, York – By Nicola Rogers

A Witch Bottle from the Judges Lodging, York, And its 16th and 17th Century Context – By Martin Whittaker

The Wooden Writing Tablets From Excavations At 12–18 Swinegate – By J.M. McComish

Wooden Writing Tablets from 12-18 Swinegate, York (YORYM 1989.28) – By Steven J. Allen

Tanner-Row-Woodworking-Technology-Report – By Steven J. Allen And Kate Kenward

Unearthing Industrial York – By Rachel S. Cubitt

PhytoArkive Project General Report – By Hayley McParland

PhytoArkive Project Technical Report – By Hayley McParland

 A Furnished Grave in the Cemetery of St Benet’s Church – By Nicola Rogers

St-Benets-Swinegate-Osteological-Analysis-December-2015 – By Katie Keefe & Malin Holst

The Pre-Conquest Coffins From 12–18 Swinegate And 18 Back Swinegate – By J.M. McComish

Wooden Coffins and Grave Furniture from 12–18 Swinegate, 14 Little Stonegate, and 18 Back Swinegate, York – By Steven J. Allen


Whithorn 6 The 1993 Excavations at Whithorn Priory, 1995 by Dave Pollock

Report Number AYW10: Archaeological Investivations at Fey Field, Whithorn – Principal Authors J.M. McComish and D. Petts