Archaeology Live! trainees hunt for lost medieval church

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Archaeologists are hoping to piece together a part of York’s history and rediscover a lost medieval church.

Archaeology Live! trainees are currently uncovering Victorian buildings and yards as they try to discover the medieval church of St John the Baptist.

The group, made up of students, professionals and archaeology enthusiasts, have already found small fragments of what they believe to be the church wall during the 13th year of the 12 week training programme.

Assistant field officer Arran Johnson said: “This is archaeology for archaeology’s sake which is great. We are interested in looking at absolutely everything and learning all about it. Our focus is very much on the whole process.”

The project, which is taking place on part of the Hungate Regeneration Ltd development site, York, focuses on teaching the techniques of excavation, as well as recording, interpreting and understanding complex urban archaeology.

This week the trainees have already helped to discover redeposited evidence of Viking antler working as well as Victorian stables.

Mr Johnson said: “York is the perfect setting for inspiring future archaeologists. Archaeology Live! is participant funded and wouldn’t be possible without our trainees.”

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2:00pm Fri 26 Jul 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

"Archaeologists are hoping to piece together a part of York’s history and rediscover a lost medieval church"
Hmm. Now where did I put that Church?

How do you lose a church?
[quote]"Archaeologists are hoping to piece together a part of York’s history and rediscover a lost medieval church"[/quote]Hmm. Now where did I put that Church? How do you lose a church? Garrowby Turnoff
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9:26pm Fri 26 Jul 13

MrChuckles says...

Surprisingly easily in an area that has had such an immense amount of human occupation over many centuries as York.
York has had a considerable number of Churches spanning a number of periods, some of which were only referred to in Historical texts as a pose to placed on maps!
Some were knocked down with the Stone re-used and others were re-built with more money, to serve larger populations and impress god. Especially in the Medieval period these became lost easily as they became leveled, built over and also gradually became further covered in silt, rubbish and all the deposits that gather through time (Note the lower ground the Merchant adventurers hall sits on for an idea of how much this has built up over a length of time).
Surprisingly easily in an area that has had such an immense amount of human occupation over many centuries as York. York has had a considerable number of Churches spanning a number of periods, some of which were only referred to in Historical texts as a pose to placed on maps! Some were knocked down with the Stone re-used and others were re-built with more money, to serve larger populations and impress god. Especially in the Medieval period these became lost easily as they became leveled, built over and also gradually became further covered in silt, rubbish and all the deposits that gather through time (Note the lower ground the Merchant adventurers hall sits on for an idea of how much this has built up over a length of time). MrChuckles
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8:18am Sat 27 Jul 13

sheps lad says...

Well GT I guess that answers your question.
Well GT I guess that answers your question. sheps lad
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