P0559 Land adjacent to Female Prison, York Castle

Item

Title
P0559 Land adjacent to Female Prison, York Castle
Alternative Title
1998.32 YORYM Land adjacent to Female Prison
Description
Deposits of Anglo-Scandinavian date were identified. They included a number of burials indicating the presence of a previously unknown cemetery from this period. Two of the burials were excavated and further inhumations could be seen in the sides and bases of features penetrating to a penetrating to a lower level.



A number of post-holes which may have been of medieval date were recorded and interpreted as part of a linear structure, which may have been the rampart and timber palisade of one of the post Conquest timber castles.



Several post-medieval graves containing articulated human skeletons were excavated. These were probably part of a cemetery for executed criminals who were hanged at York Castle and probably date from the period 1802-1826. A mortar spreads was thought to have been associated with the construction of the female prison. Modern deposits between 0.40m - 1.60m in depth were removed by machine.



18th and 19th century maps indicate that part of the walls of the castle wall were located here, but no remains of it were found.
Type
Evaluation
Date
6 April 1998 – 12 May 1998
Creator
York Archaeological Trust
Contributor
David Evans (fieldwork)
Spatial Coverage
York Castle, Castlegate, York
SE60575147
Period
Anglo-Scandinavian
Medieval
Modern

Position: 629 (12 views)