An Analysis of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian Skeletons from Across York
Recent carbon 14 dating on four skeletons from The Queen’s Hotel site, south of the River Ouse, and seven further individuals from the cemetery associated with St Benet’s Church on Swinegate have produced dates from the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian period. Pre-conquest burials in York are surprisingly rare therefore these burials, together with four from Coppergate, two from Hungate and two from the cemetery at St Helen’s on the Walls, have been further analysed with others from across the City to find out more about life and death in the city 1,000 years ago.
This project gathered together the dating and pathology reports as well as some specialist research on associated small finds and coffins from the various sites to help start to paint a fuller picture of life and death in pre-Conquest York.
Displays using the data gathered and the skeletons researched have been created for our programme of touring exhibitions including ‘Valhalla’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Jorvik Life and Death’ and JORVIK itself.