Biological Evidence from Anglo-Scandinavian Deposits at 16-22 Coppergate

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list of authors
H. K. Kenward
A. R. Hall
Is Part Of
The Archaeology of York [Series]
The Past Environment of York [Volume]
volume
14
issue
07
Publisher
Council for British Archaeology for York Archaeological Trust
Date Copyrighted
1995
Date Available
Digitally available on 8 December 2023
Abstract
This report describes work on plant and invertebrate remains from a very large corpus of samples from richly organic anoxic 'waterlogged' deposits of Anglo-Scandinavian (mid 9th—mid 11th century) date at 16-22 Coppergate (1976-81.7). Almost all samples examined contained abundant plant and animal remains and these have been used to reconstruct a variety of aspects of human activity and living conditions, and the local environment. Features examined included house floors and backfill dumps within buildings, external layers, pit and gully fills and, to a lesser extent, structural materials. An immense quantity of data has been obtained concerning plant macrofossils, eggs of parasitic worms, a wide variety of arthropods (especially insects) and various other groups. The results are considered from two viewpoints: firstly, a highly condensed systematic summary by period, tenement and feature type, and secondly, a synthesis by topic. The latter includes considerations of conditions within and around the two main phases of buildings at the site, the evidence for diet and health, craft activities (notably dyeing), bee-keeping and many other aspects of everyday life. Some of the practical lessons learned from this project are summarised; it is concluded that large-scale investigations of the fossil biota of complex urban sites are feasible within realistic budgets using appropriately designed practical and analytical techniques.
Rights Holder
York Archaeological Trust
Rights
CC BY 4.0
Format
Portable Document Format (PDF)
Is Format Of
Paper publication
Identifier
GB2837-PUB-AY-14-7
oclcnum
34148424
isbn10
1872414591
isbn13
9781872414591
Type
Text
Language
English
page start
435
page end
797
number of pages
363

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