Monument record MYO5075 - Excavations at 16-22 Coppergate

Summary

Part of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking town at Coppergate. A number of wooden and wattle buildings, fences and wattle lined pits and cess pits of the 10th century and three tenements of mid-11th century date were excavated. The tenements stretched back from Coppergate to the River Foss. There was also evidence of craft activities including the manufacture of turned wooden bowls and bone working. Three fragments of grave slabs of 10th century date,a dn several pieces from a cross of late 8th-early 9th century date were also discovered.

Location

Grid reference SE 6044 5169 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire

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NMR Information

SE 6042 5168, excavations at 16-22 Coppergate in 1976 revealed 4 tenements of mid 11th century date stretching back to the River Foss. The buildings were of blank walls on sill beams. There was evidence of waste from lathe turned wooden bowls. There were a number of finds of Scandinavian character. (1)

The Coppergate excavations found wattle or wooden buildings, structures, fences, pits (including cess pits) mainly dating from the 10th century onwards. The anaerobic conditions enabled good preservation of the timber and wattle. The construction techniques of the buildings varied, some included wood lined "basements" or cellars. Many were insubstantial single-storey buildings. There was also evidence for wood and bone working. (2)

Three fragments of grave slabs of 10th century date,a dn several pieces from a cross of late 8th-early 9th century date were also discovered. (3)

Sources
1 The Yorkshire archaeological journal Continuation of: Yorkshire archaeological and topographical journal p14 Vol.49, 1977
2 English Heritage book of Viking Age York 1994 Richard Hall p55-69
3 Corpus of Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture, volume 3 : York and eastern Yorkshire 1991 by James Lang p103-5

Related Events
635667 Excavation COPPERGATE


NMR, NMR data (Unpublished document). SYO2214.

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  • --- Unpublished document: NMR. NMR data.

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Jul 4 2020 11:43AM

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