An Analysis of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian Skeletons from Across York
Recent carbon 14 dating on four skeletons from The Queen’s Hotel site, south of the River Ouse, and seven further individuals from the cemetery associated with St Benet’s Church on Swinegate have produced dates from the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian period. Pre-conquest burials in York are surprisingly rare therefore these burials, together with four from Coppergate, two from Hungate and two from the cemetery at St Helen’s on the Walls, have been further analysed with others from across the City to find out more about life and death in the city 1,000 years ago.
This project gathers together the dating and pathology reports as well as some specialist research on associated small finds and coffins from the various sites to help start to paint a fuller picture of life and death in pre-Conquest York.
Displays using the data gathered and the skeletons researched have been created for our programme of touring exhibitions including Valhalla, which in 2015/16 has toured The House of Manannan in the Isle of Man and Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery; Heroes which has toured The Manx National Heritage Museum and Experience Barnsley Museum; Jorvik Life and Death at York Theatre Royal; Jorvik Home and Abroad at St Mary’s Church York, and JORVIK itself.
Anglo-Scandinavian burials from St Benet’s Church, Swinegate.
1-9 Micklegate, Queen’s Hotel.
St Helen’s on the Walls, Aldwark.
Images from Coppergate
Images from Hungate
Images from St Benet’s
Pathology Images from St Benet’s
Viking-age Skeleton InstallationThe time-lapse video of the installation of one of the female skeletons that was found in a wooden coffin in the cemetery at St Benet's. This installation forms part of an exhibit at JORVIK Viking Centre.
Isotope Analysis of SkeletonsBy analysing the isotopic values in the teeth these in skeletons, more could be established on their dietary lifestyle and their country from origin, including one remarkable discovery.
Pathology Images from The Queen’s Hotel