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Excavations at the Minster Library, York 1997

Justin Garner-Lahire
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154pp. Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white: 48 tables, 57 figures (including 12 colour photographs)
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Reports of the open area excavation at the York Minster Library conducted in 1997 and associated research are presented in this book. The excavation was complemented by geophysical survey and detailed documentary research in advance of an extension to the Minster Library, a converted medieval archbishop's chapel. The research unearthed archaeological strata up to two metres deep which have been attributed to eight distinct periods of activity. The periods of activity include evidence for Roman legionary barracks, an 11th-century boundary ditch, a 13th-century solar block of the archbishop's palace, 17th-century pleasure gardens, and, finally, the conversion of the archbishop's chapel into the Minster Library.

Justin Garner-Lahire graduated in British and European Archaeology from the University of York in 1990. He began his professional field career at Sutton Hoo as an area supervisor, then went on to spend several years working in Italy, on sites in Lombardy, Liguria and Milan, as well as research excavations in France, Spain and north Africa. Justin is a founding director of FAS Heritage (est. 1993) and has since led excavations at a wide range of sites in Britain, including at Portmahomack (Highlands) with Martin Carver (1993-2007), York Minster Library (1997), Castle Sinclair Girnigoe (Caithness) (2004-2013), Eilean Donan Castle and Lincoln Castle (2008-2015). Contributors Craig Barclay, Paul Bidwell, Martin Carver, Jonathan Clark, Hilary Cool, Brenda Dickinson, Sandra Garside-Neville, Kate Giles, Kay Hartley, Deborah Jaques, Patrick Ottaway, Barbara Precious, Nicky Rogers, Jennie Stopford, Alan Vince†, Felicity Wild