A0208 Coppergate/Piccadilly/Castlegate, watching brief

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Title
A0208 Coppergate/Piccadilly/Castlegate, watching brief
Alternative Title
1981.22 Coppergate/Piccadilly/Castlegate, watching brief
1982.22 Coppergate/Piccadilly/Castlegate, watching brief
1981.22 Coppergate watching brief
1982.22 Coppergate watching brief
Description
The principal Roman features encountered included the fragmentary remains of a largely robbed out stone building. This has tentatively been interpreted as a warehouse, on the basis of its proximity to the River Foss. Four pits and a linear feature were excavated. A red gritstone wall was observed in the Fossbank area. Its north-east/south-west alignment precludes it from being a riverside wall.

A pit dated to the Anglian period which contained the Coppergate helmet was the only feature of this period. Buildings dating to the Anglo-Scandinavian period were found, including the western wall of a structure already identified in the main Coppergate excavation. Associated tenement boundaries and pits were recorded.

The recorded medieval features included structural remains, fence lines, riverside reclamation, the outer defences of York castle, and parts of the cemetery of All Saints Pavement. From the post-medieval and early modern periods the most significant discoveries were parts of the cemetery of St Mary's Castlegate, traces of canalisation of the River Foss and part of the footings for the Victorian prison in the Castle Yard.
Type
Watching Brief
Date
1982 – 1982
Creator
York Archaeological Trust
Contributor
N Pearson (excavator)
Spatial Coverage
Coppergate/Piccadilly/Castlegate, York
SE60415153
Period
Roman
Anglian
Anglo-Scandinavian
Medieval
Post-Medieval
Modern

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