In archaeology, photography forms an important part of the excavation record. Often the site photographs that the public see represent how the archaeologist wants something to look for the record, making sure that the site and what was found are looking their best. Each photo tells its own story. Some fulfil a functional purpose, whereas others reveal the people involved in making each excavation a success. Some capture a unique moment or viewpoint, all thanks to the photographer’s ability to decide where to point the lens and when to release the shutter.
This virtual exhibit explores a series of images from key York Archaeological Trust excavations that began to uncover York’s Roman past. Through these images, we see the evolution, function, and beauty of archaeological photography.
York, or Eboracum, was an important fortress city in the northern reaches of the Roman Empire. The Romans brought new styles, foods, and inventions to Britain and, from its foundation in 1972, York Archaeological Trust (now York Archaeology) has been finding abundant evidence of their lives and deaths in the city.
This virtual exhibition highlights some of our most notable Roman excavations, from the stone sewers at Church Street to the headless gladiators of Driffield Terrace.