Roman mosaic found during Toft Green sewer work

York Press: Mags Felter prepares to lift a sample of the Roman mosaic at Toft Green, York Mags Felter prepares to lift a sample of the Roman mosaic at Toft Green, York

ENGINEERS repairing a York sewer found more than they bargained for when they uncovered a Roman mosaic floor.

A 120-metre section of damaged Victorian sewer in Toft Green was in the process of being replaced when workers spotted the mosaic tiles.

Work immediately stopped and a team of archaeologists stepped in to carry out a detailed study of the site, confirming that engineers had stumbled upon a Roman mosaic floor, dating back to the 3rd to 4th Centuries AD.

After two weeks of excavations the floor has been painstakingly removed.

Richard Fraser, archaeologist at Northern Archaeological Associates (NAA), said: “Once the tell-tale signs of the Roman tiles began to appear, Yorkshire Water stopped work so that we could fully excavate the site and record the remains.

“It’s a very interesting site, helping us to understand the extent of Roman activity in the area. Part of a mosaic showing a bull with a fish tail was discovered in this area of Toft Green during construction work in the 19th century.

“This newly discovered section may be part of the same mosaic and the excavation will provide important new information about the earlier find, which is now in the Yorkshire Museum.

“It had been thought that the Victorian sewer had largely removed the earlier Roman remains here, but the work has demonstrated that some sections were tunnelled and pockets of archaeology survive above these sections.”

John Oxley, City of York Council archaeologist, said: “It’s not surprising that there has been a find like this due to the rich history this city is steeped in. I am very pleased that workmen had the foresight to stop work and that everyone has worked together to ensure the safe removal of the floor.”

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8:56am Sat 11 Aug 12

capt spaulding says...

Well done Yorkshire water and the team from Kings manor.

Our historic city once again giving up its secrets.
Well done Yorkshire water and the team from Kings manor. Our historic city once again giving up its secrets. capt spaulding

8:15am Mon 13 Aug 12

Hoofarted says...

It's claimed by archeologists, the Ampitheatre is beneath Marks & Spencers on Piccadilly. Sadly the greed of capitalism wont allow that excavation until Monks Cross it better developed.
It's claimed by archeologists, the Ampitheatre is beneath Marks & Spencers on Piccadilly. Sadly the greed of capitalism wont allow that excavation until Monks Cross it better developed. Hoofarted

9:31pm Mon 13 Aug 12

brahma says...

Hoofarted wrote:
It's claimed by archeologists, the Ampitheatre is beneath Marks & Spencers on Piccadilly. Sadly the greed of capitalism wont allow that excavation until Monks Cross it better developed.
It's not claimed by them at all. They suggest other possible sites including Bootham, Monkgate and the Mount, but M&S Piccadilly is on the site of the old ABC cinema which was south of the tide line exposed during the Coppergate excavations. That was dug down to natural glacial boulder clay with nothing underneath later than 10,000 BC
[quote][p][bold]Hoofarted[/bold] wrote: It's claimed by archeologists, the Ampitheatre is beneath Marks & Spencers on Piccadilly. Sadly the greed of capitalism wont allow that excavation until Monks Cross it better developed.[/p][/quote]It's not claimed by them at all. They suggest other possible sites including Bootham, Monkgate and the Mount, but M&S Piccadilly is on the site of the old ABC cinema which was south of the tide line exposed during the Coppergate excavations. That was dug down to natural glacial boulder clay with nothing underneath later than 10,000 BC brahma

9:31pm Mon 13 Aug 12

brahma says...

Hoofarted wrote:
It's claimed by archeologists, the Ampitheatre is beneath Marks & Spencers on Piccadilly. Sadly the greed of capitalism wont allow that excavation until Monks Cross it better developed.
It's not claimed by them at all. They suggest other possible sites including Bootham, Monkgate and the Mount, but M&S Piccadilly is on the site of the old ABC cinema which was south of the tide line exposed during the Coppergate excavations. That was dug down to natural glacial boulder clay with nothing underneath later than 10,000 BC
[quote][p][bold]Hoofarted[/bold] wrote: It's claimed by archeologists, the Ampitheatre is beneath Marks & Spencers on Piccadilly. Sadly the greed of capitalism wont allow that excavation until Monks Cross it better developed.[/p][/quote]It's not claimed by them at all. They suggest other possible sites including Bootham, Monkgate and the Mount, but M&S Piccadilly is on the site of the old ABC cinema which was south of the tide line exposed during the Coppergate excavations. That was dug down to natural glacial boulder clay with nothing underneath later than 10,000 BC brahma

3:02pm Tue 14 Aug 12

Eric Style says...

Fill it in and get the street open again! Another 50 years underground will preserve it until the economy is recovered enough to waste money on archaeology!
Fill it in and get the street open again! Another 50 years underground will preserve it until the economy is recovered enough to waste money on archaeology! Eric Style

12:01am Wed 15 Aug 12

Hoofarted says...

brahma wrote:
Hoofarted wrote:
It's claimed by archeologists, the Ampitheatre is beneath Marks & Spencers on Piccadilly. Sadly the greed of capitalism wont allow that excavation until Monks Cross it better developed.
It's not claimed by them at all. They suggest other possible sites including Bootham, Monkgate and the Mount, but M&S Piccadilly is on the site of the old ABC cinema which was south of the tide line exposed during the Coppergate excavations. That was dug down to natural glacial boulder clay with nothing underneath later than 10,000 BC
it is claimed by some as i have spoken to them personally and read their claims.

To claim is to state and no harm is done by that. Keep your hair on and relax. lol

By the way, One mistake i did make in the previous post was, Piccadilly. It's actually under Parliament street M&S not Piccadilly.
[quote][p][bold]brahma[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hoofarted[/bold] wrote: It's claimed by archeologists, the Ampitheatre is beneath Marks & Spencers on Piccadilly. Sadly the greed of capitalism wont allow that excavation until Monks Cross it better developed.[/p][/quote]It's not claimed by them at all. They suggest other possible sites including Bootham, Monkgate and the Mount, but M&S Piccadilly is on the site of the old ABC cinema which was south of the tide line exposed during the Coppergate excavations. That was dug down to natural glacial boulder clay with nothing underneath later than 10,000 BC[/p][/quote]it is claimed by some as i have spoken to them personally and read their claims. To claim is to state and no harm is done by that. Keep your hair on and relax. lol By the way, One mistake i did make in the previous post was, Piccadilly. It's actually under Parliament street M&S not Piccadilly. Hoofarted

10:33am Fri 17 Aug 12

anti-rant says...

Eric Style wrote:
Fill it in and get the street open again! Another 50 years underground will preserve it until the economy is recovered enough to waste money on archaeology!
Troll!
[quote][p][bold]Eric Style[/bold] wrote: Fill it in and get the street open again! Another 50 years underground will preserve it until the economy is recovered enough to waste money on archaeology![/p][/quote]Troll! anti-rant

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