EYO138 - Sewer Repair Adjacent To 70 Low Petergate

Type

WATCHING BRIEF

Location

Location Low Petergate
Grid reference SE 6039 5200 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire

Technique(s)

Organisation

York Archaeological Trust

Date

Mar - 1997

Map

Description

Trench 3. One of a series of watching briefs carried out in March and April 1997 on the refurbishment of a sewer in Low Petergate. See EYO137 for summary. Of particular importance for the late Roman period were the sequences in Trenches 3 and 6. Here a sandy silty deposit, c.0.30m thick, lay above the via principalis. In Trench 3 it contained a rim sherd of a bowl in calcite gritted ware dated c.350+. In both trenches the deposit was succeeded by a layer of large limestone blocks and occasional millstone grit blocks, including part of a large column, which had been deliberately laid to make a flat surface. There can be little doubt that this was material from demolished Roman buildings reused as the makeup of a mid-late 4th century version of the via principalis. The absence of this distinctive feature in Trenches 1 and 2 suggests that the late street was relatively narrow and lay on the south-west side of the space occupied by the original via principalis and made for the south-west portal of the Roman fortress south-east gate. The south-east end of Petergate also passes through the site of the south-west portal of the Roman gate. It may be suggested, therefore, that when Petergate was originally laid out the Roman gate may still been standing, but that its north-west portal was blocked. The line of the late Roman street located in Trenches 3 and 6 suggests that this blocking may have been a late Roman event (INTERIM 1997).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Unpublished document: YAT. 1997. Sewer Repair Adjacent To 70 Low Petergate.
  • --- Serial: YAT. 1997/98. INTERIM 22. 1-4. 22/3.

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Parent/preceding Site Events/Activities (1)

  • Sewer Repair Adjacent To 59 Low Petergate (Ref: YORYM:1997.50)

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Sep 20 2021 11:46AM

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