Archaeological dig underway at city centre church

Archaeologists on the site of the old boxing club at All Saints Church, North Street, York.

Arran Johnson , Archeology Live Supervisor on the site of the old boxing club at All Saints Church, North Street

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AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig has started at a medieval church in York City-centre in the hope of finding medieval, Viking and Roman artefacts.

The dig at the Church of All Saints in North Street will continue in phases until October.

Evidence of Roman life has previously been found at the church, which is known for its history.

Church Warden Dr Robert Richards has said that the site was home to a medieval rectory and that an 18th-century floor had already been uncovered there.

Assistant field officer Arran Johnson said: “It’s nice to have a fresh site. This is a very interesting spot right by the river, and will have been the centre of York for a very long time.”

Archaeology Live!, the team behind a seven-year dig at Hungate, are carrying out the work.

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8:54am Fri 11 Apr 14

rambolanka says...

I lived next door to All Saints in the early 70's. 'Fraid all the empties are mine.
Seriously, being on the South side of the river may give some clues to the extent of the Colonia and river trade. I hope the Press keeps us updated on this important excavation.
I lived next door to All Saints in the early 70's. 'Fraid all the empties are mine. Seriously, being on the South side of the river may give some clues to the extent of the Colonia and river trade. I hope the Press keeps us updated on this important excavation. rambolanka
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8:59am Fri 11 Apr 14

Woody G Mellor says...

rambolanka wrote:
I lived next door to All Saints in the early 70's. 'Fraid all the empties are mine.
Seriously, being on the South side of the river may give some clues to the extent of the Colonia and river trade. I hope the Press keeps us updated on this important excavation.
Wasn't the first bridge around there?

Good job Merrett wasn't around in them days. (Sorry).
[quote][p][bold]rambolanka[/bold] wrote: I lived next door to All Saints in the early 70's. 'Fraid all the empties are mine. Seriously, being on the South side of the river may give some clues to the extent of the Colonia and river trade. I hope the Press keeps us updated on this important excavation.[/p][/quote]Wasn't the first bridge around there? Good job Merrett wasn't around in them days. (Sorry). Woody G Mellor
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9:02am Fri 11 Apr 14

gmc_1963 says...

If I remember right that site is next to where Roman bridge crossed the river ?
Lots of opportunity for discarded roman detritisI would have thought
If I remember right that site is next to where Roman bridge crossed the river ? Lots of opportunity for discarded roman detritisI would have thought gmc_1963
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10:02am Fri 11 Apr 14

Firedrake says...

"... which is known for its history ..." has to be the understatement of the year!

How about the finest stained glass in the North of England outside the Minster?

Yes: the Roman bridgehead was probably about 100 feet upstream so there really ought to be evidence of wharves and quays etc.
"... which is known for its history ..." has to be the understatement of the year! How about the finest stained glass in the North of England outside the Minster? Yes: the Roman bridgehead was probably about 100 feet upstream so there really ought to be evidence of wharves and quays etc. Firedrake
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6:31pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Dig York says...

We post daily updates through our twitter feed @ArchaeologyLive
The spring session has focused on the 19th century archaeology, our summer session aims to delve into medieval layers. Roman archaeology is no doubt there, but may be many metres down. We'll find out as the dig progresses and we'll definitely inform the Press should anything exciting appear!
We post daily updates through our twitter feed @ArchaeologyLive The spring session has focused on the 19th century archaeology, our summer session aims to delve into medieval layers. Roman archaeology is no doubt there, but may be many metres down. We'll find out as the dig progresses and we'll definitely inform the Press should anything exciting appear! Dig York
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