A0004 St Maurice's/Newbiggin (SM/NB)

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Title
A0004 St Maurice's/Newbiggin (SM/NB)
Alternative Title
1972.17 St Maurice's/Newbiggin (SM/NB)
Description
Traces of Roman deposits were observed outside the northern wall of the legionary fortress indicating occupation of the area in this period. Material interpreted as the upcast from the construction and cleaning of the medieval city ditch was encountered. It contained an unquantified amount of human bone and Roman pottery possibly indicating the presence of a Roman cemetery in the vicinity.

A number of cut features representing a sequence of structural activity in the medieval period, the form and development of which have yet to be analysed and defined, was also excavated. The 13th century church of St Maurice was demolished in 1874 and replaced by a larger church which was demolished in the 20th century. Some evidence of the earlier church can be found within the site record. Post-medieval burials were encountered.

Two features, originally interpreted as Roman cess pits, appear on re-assessment to be unlikely to be of Roman date. These together with other cut features appear to pre-date the medieval church, and to represent occupation behind domestic buildings during this period.
Type
Excavation
Date
4 August 1972 – 25 September 1972
Creator
York Archaeological Trust
Contributor
N Bogdan (excavator)
C Heighway (excavator)
M Redmond (excavator)
Spatial Coverage
Lord Mayor's Walk, York
SE60565231
Period
Roman
Medieval
Post-Medieval

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