Roman road uncovered in York

Ian Milstead Lead Archaeologist from YAT cleaning Roman Road beneath York Minster.

Ian Milstead Lead Archaeologist for YAT excavating a section of Roman Road buried beneath York Minster.

Ian Milstead Lead Archaeologist for YAT excavating a section of Roman Road buried beneath York Minster.

Roman road uncovered in York

Roman road uncovered in York

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A SECTION of Roman Road has been discovered beneath York Minster.

Archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust unearthed it during construction work on the new visitor development in the Undercroft, a Minster spokeswoman said today.

The archaeologists believe the road was a backstreet, part of the Via Quintana, and believe it ran behind the Roman basilica that once stood on the Minster site.

A Minster spokeswoman said: "The backstreet was used for hundreds of years and was frequently patched and repaired, falling into disuse at the same time as the Basilica itself."

The Dean of York, the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, said: “While it was not as grandly paved as the main streets of Roman York, you can imagine that this backstreet, situated as it was between the Basilica and the Praetorium, was exactly the kind of place where the real business of the Empire was done. It probably even witnessed the very first Christians on their way to worship.”

Ian Milsted, lead archaeologist from York Archaeological Trust, said: “Before this, there had been no archaeological excavations at York Minster for over 40 years, so it’s a huge privilege to be revealing pieces of the past in such an iconic building, all of it contributing to our picture of life in ancient York.’’

The Minster spokeswoman said the section of road would allow more analysis of remains found before, and the archaeological analysis on all this year’s Minster excavations will be released in February.

The new visitor attraction will be launched next summer and special events and activities are also planned as part of the Jorvik Viking Festival, with York Archaeological Trust.

 

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5:30pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Barstool Knowall says...

"A Minster spokeswoman said: "The backstreet was used for hundreds of years and was frequently patched and repaired"

Nothing much changed there in nearly two thousand years then! Wonder if the senate leader was Alexandrius the Great?
"A Minster spokeswoman said: "The backstreet was used for hundreds of years and was frequently patched and repaired" Nothing much changed there in nearly two thousand years then! Wonder if the senate leader was Alexandrius the Great? Barstool Knowall
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8:02pm Tue 11 Dec 12

bagnall1928@yahoo.com says...

The road was surely discovered years ago by the man working in the undercroft and heard the sounds of music and saw a band of what appeared to be roman soldiers walking along.
digging did I believe reveal the roman road then>?
The road was surely discovered years ago by the man working in the undercroft and heard the sounds of music and saw a band of what appeared to be roman soldiers walking along. digging did I believe reveal the roman road then>? bagnall1928@yahoo.com
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10:15pm Tue 11 Dec 12

oslo says...

Bagnall - I'm pretty sure that ghost 'incident' took place in the Treasurer's House, not the Minster....
Bagnall - I'm pretty sure that ghost 'incident' took place in the Treasurer's House, not the Minster.... oslo
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10:23pm Tue 11 Dec 12

capt spaulding says...

Where theres a road there should be salt bins ! Its disgraceful
Where theres a road there should be salt bins ! Its disgraceful capt spaulding
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10:57pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Rowntree Baby says...

The Centurion soldiers did walk through the cellars of the Treasurers House as my Uncle, then an apprentice plumber, was working down there.
The Centurion soldiers did walk through the cellars of the Treasurers House as my Uncle, then an apprentice plumber, was working down there. Rowntree Baby
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11:00pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Omega Point says...

"you can imagine that this backstreet, situated as it was between the Basilica and the Praetorium, was exactly the kind of place where the real business of the Empire was done"

What "real business" was that then? As Lurcio might say
"you can imagine that this backstreet, situated as it was between the Basilica and the Praetorium, was exactly the kind of place where the real business of the Empire was done" What "real business" was that then? As Lurcio might say Omega Point
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11:00pm Tue 11 Dec 12

pedalling paul says...

bagnall1928@yahoo.co
m
wrote:
The road was surely discovered years ago by the man working in the undercroft and heard the sounds of music and saw a band of what appeared to be roman soldiers walking along.
digging did I believe reveal the roman road then>?
No...that was the Via Decumana under the present Treasurer's House.

Sounds like a plan though...perhaps I'll come back in a couple of Millenia and haunt York's by then old roads on my bike.....!
[quote][p][bold]bagnall1928@yahoo.co m[/bold] wrote: The road was surely discovered years ago by the man working in the undercroft and heard the sounds of music and saw a band of what appeared to be roman soldiers walking along. digging did I believe reveal the roman road then>?[/p][/quote]No...that was the Via Decumana under the present Treasurer's House. Sounds like a plan though...perhaps I'll come back in a couple of Millenia and haunt York's by then old roads on my bike.....! pedalling paul
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11:17pm Tue 11 Dec 12

capt spaulding says...

Make it soon
Make it soon capt spaulding
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9:02am Wed 12 Dec 12

meme says...

I hope it had a cycle lane
I hope it had a cycle lane meme
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9:47am Wed 12 Dec 12

M.Lucas says...

This is brilliant! I love the history of York and any work in such a location will bring forth much more information about this great city!

More stories like this please!
This is brilliant! I love the history of York and any work in such a location will bring forth much more information about this great city! More stories like this please! M.Lucas
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10:02am Wed 12 Dec 12

Tim Cronin says...

A bit of Tarmac on there will finish it off a treat!
A bit of Tarmac on there will finish it off a treat! Tim Cronin
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10:38am Wed 12 Dec 12

sheps lad says...

Tim Cronin wrote:
A bit of Tarmac on there will finish it off a treat!
Don't forget the green paint!
[quote][p][bold]Tim Cronin[/bold] wrote: A bit of Tarmac on there will finish it off a treat![/p][/quote]Don't forget the green paint! sheps lad
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12:27pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Sounds like a load of old cobbles to me...
Sounds like a load of old cobbles to me... Ignatius Lumpopo
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12:35pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Mr Udigawa says...

pedalling paul wrote:
bagnall1928@yahoo.co m wrote: The road was surely discovered years ago by the man working in the undercroft and heard the sounds of music and saw a band of what appeared to be roman soldiers walking along. digging did I believe reveal the roman road then>?
No...that was the Via Decumana under the present Treasurer's House. Sounds like a plan though...perhaps I'll come back in a couple of Millenia and haunt York's by then old roads on my bike.....!
You could haunt the Clifton Green Cycle Path straight away if you like.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bagnall1928@yahoo.co m[/bold] wrote: The road was surely discovered years ago by the man working in the undercroft and heard the sounds of music and saw a band of what appeared to be roman soldiers walking along. digging did I believe reveal the roman road then>?[/p][/quote]No...that was the Via Decumana under the present Treasurer's House. Sounds like a plan though...perhaps I'll come back in a couple of Millenia and haunt York's by then old roads on my bike.....![/p][/quote]You could haunt the Clifton Green Cycle Path straight away if you like. Mr Udigawa
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4:59pm Wed 12 Dec 12

pedalling paul says...

Mr Udigawa wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
bagnall1928@yahoo.co m wrote: The road was surely discovered years ago by the man working in the undercroft and heard the sounds of music and saw a band of what appeared to be roman soldiers walking along. digging did I believe reveal the roman road then>?
No...that was the Via Decumana under the present Treasurer's House. Sounds like a plan though...perhaps I'll come back in a couple of Millenia and haunt York's by then old roads on my bike.....!
You could haunt the Clifton Green Cycle Path straight away if you like.
Oh ha bl***y ha.....!
[quote][p][bold]Mr Udigawa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bagnall1928@yahoo.co m[/bold] wrote: The road was surely discovered years ago by the man working in the undercroft and heard the sounds of music and saw a band of what appeared to be roman soldiers walking along. digging did I believe reveal the roman road then>?[/p][/quote]No...that was the Via Decumana under the present Treasurer's House. Sounds like a plan though...perhaps I'll come back in a couple of Millenia and haunt York's by then old roads on my bike.....![/p][/quote]You could haunt the Clifton Green Cycle Path straight away if you like.[/p][/quote]Oh ha bl***y ha.....! pedalling paul
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2:53pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Sillybillies says...

Oh ha bl***y ha.....!

No one in joking!
[quote]Oh ha bl***y ha.....![/quote] No one in joking! Sillybillies
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