Finds from a Roman Sewer and an Adjacent Building in Church Street

Item

list of authors
Arthur MacGregor
list of contributors
N. G. Berridge
P. J. Casey
D. Charlesworth
J. Hedges
M. Henig
Is Part Of
The Archaeology of York [Series]
The Small Finds [Volume]
volume
17
issue
01
Publisher
Council for British Archaeology for York Archaeological Trust
Date Copyrighted
1976
Date Available
Digitally available on 28 July 2023
Abstract
The report describes finds from the excavation of a Roman sewer system and part of an adjacent building complex in Church Street, York. A full account of the excavations is given in AY 3/1 and environmental considerations are treated in AY 14/1. The sewer system (Fig. 1) was probably constructed to drain the various services of a bath house within the legionary fortress, but circumstances did not permit the excavation of associated structures except on a very limited scale. As far as could be established, the system was constructed in the Trajanic period and remained in use until the end of the 4th century.

The objects recovered included gaming pieces of stone, pottery, and glass (Fig. 2) as well as bone (Fig. 3). An interesting collection of jasper, cornelian, and chalcedony intagli from finger-rings was found (Fig. 6; Pl. I), all likely to be of 2nd-century date with one exception (15) which was probably a 3rd-century product. Other personal ornaments (Figs. 7-8) included a number of fine gold pieces, again probably of 2nd- or 3rd-century date. The presence of a large number of bone pins (Fig. 9) is understandable in the context of the bath house which the sewer probably drained, and among the numerous fragments of glass vessels may be distinguished several (Fig. 12) from flasks which originally held oil for rubbing into the body after the bath. A rare find was a small piece of silk (Pl. II) with spun warp and unspun weft, characteristics which suggest that it was manufactured in the west from raw silk imported from China.

All these finds are now deposited in the Yorkshire Museum, York.
Rights Holder
York Archaeological Trust
Rights
CC BY 4.0
Format
Portable Document Format (PDF)
Is Format Of
Paper publication
Identifier
GB2837-PUB-AY-17-1
oclcnum
4200799
isbn10
0900312319
isbn13
9780900312311
Type
Text
Language
English
page start
1
page end
30
number of pages
30

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