EYO579 - 22 Fetter Lane

Type

WATCHING BRIEF

Location

Location 22 Fetter Lane
Grid reference SE 6008 5159 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire

Technique(s)

Organisation

On Site Archaeology

Date

March - 2002

Map

Description

A watching brief was undertaken by On-Site Archaeology on behalf of Wrigley Property Developments Ltd, during construction of flats at 22 Fetter Lane, York. The groundworks included three shallow, mechanically excavated trenches, and a total of 45 rotary drilled piles, to a depth of 20m. The trenches were sited over modern intrusions and archaeological material was not disturbed during their excavation. A sample of 18(?) of the piles were monitored to contribute to a deposit model and to observe the locations and depths of any obstructions. Particular care was to be taken to observe for damage to mosaics that would have been observable within the removed pile cores. The level at which natural was encountered varied considerably across short distances, suggesting that the site may have been subjected to terracing and major ground reduction during construction of substantial Roman basemented buildings. Towards the rear, northern,edge of the site, a number of the piles encountered significant obstructions, which are likely to represent elements of major Roman buildings, similar to those excavated on the adjacent former Queen's Hotel site. The majority of the site was covered by a considerable depth of waterlogged archaeological deposits, potentially containing the remains of buildings, of Anglo-Scandinavian or Medieval date. In places this material was found within less than 1 m of the modern ground surface. By limiting the impact of intrusive groundworks, to that caused by the piles themselves, it has been possible to develop the site whilst preserving what is clearly an important sequence of archaeological remains.

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Unpublished document: On-Site Archaeology. 2002. 22 Fetter Lane WB.
  • --- Digital archive: NMR. 2019. NMR data.

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Child/subsequent Site Events/Activities (15)

  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 01 (Ref: OSA02WB08)
  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 02 (Ref: OSA02WB08)
  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 07 (Ref: OSA02WB08)
  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 08 (Ref: OSA02WB08)
  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 09 (Ref: OSA02WB08)
  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 10 (Ref: OSA02WB08)
  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 15 (Ref: OSA02WB08)
  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 16 (Ref: OSA02WB08)
  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 24 (Ref: OSA02WB08)
  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 31 (Ref: OSA02WB08)
  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 38 (Ref: OSA02WB08)
  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 40 (Ref: OSA02WB08)
  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 41 (Ref: OSA02WB08)
  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 43 (Ref: OSA02WB08)
  • 22 Fetter Lane: Pile 44 (Ref: OSA02WB08)

Record last edited

Apr 27 2020 9:47AM

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