Skip to comments.Timbers from a Viking home found in Hungate dig[UK]
Posted on 10/09/2008 10:44:45 AM PDT by BGHater
THE remains of a Viking home have been discovered in York by archaeologists.
York Archaeological Trust archaeologists have exposed what they believe to be a timber-lined cellar of a two-storey house, during excavations at the site of the new Hungate development, which is being built near Stonebow.
The archaeologists say the home, which was uncovered about three metres below street level, would have been built in the mid to late tenth century. It appears that ships timbers used in the buildings construction the first discovery of its kind in York.
Hungate excavations project director Peter Connelly said: To find these timbers so well preserved is very exciting. Viking cellars were used in different ways by different people, much in the same way as cellars are used today. Craftspeople appear to have worked out of their cellars as well as using them for storage, with the living quarters on the floor above.
The trust is carrying out the excavations in York over a five-year period on behalf of Hungate (York) Regeneration Ltd, a joint venture between Crosby Lend Lease, Evans Property Group and Land Securities, which are creating the new Hungate neighbourhood. The scheme will provide more than 700 new homes within Yorks city walls, and will include offices, cafes, restaurants, neighbourhood shops, and community space.
The archaeologists started work on the main part of the site in spring last year and have revealed a wide range of archaeology, spanning back in time more than 1,000 years. Their finds include traces of Viking age life such as bone ice skates, fragments of combs and a rare small glass bead. York Archaeological Trust chief executive John Walker said there was a very tight window of opportunity for people to go and look at the remains of the building because the timbers would be removed from the site by the end of the month. The priority now is to safely remove the timbers from the ground for conservation and further analysis by our wood technology expert, he said. The discovery of what appears to be part of a ships hull in this house construction will require further study in our labs. The timbers are positioned just below the water table, which is why they have been so well-preserved.
Gary Millward works on timbers forming part of the cellar of a Viking house found on the Hungate development.
Gary Millward working on timbers forming part of the celler of a Viking house found on the Hungate development.
Gary Millward working on timbers forming part of the celler of a Viking house. These timbers are believed to have come from a Viking longboat.
Peter Connelly who is leading the dig
Wow, the vikings used wood. I can’t wait to see what other pieces of critical information will be revealed in these highly important studies./s
Perhaps I’m just in a worse mood than normal, but these types of studies do little except satisfy the curiousity of a few history buffs. Other than that, is there ANYTHING that we could learn about the (insert group name here) that would really be meaningful?
Type of wood used. Where the wood was harvested. The dig is not complete.
Perhaps they will find some beer there or something else ‘cool’.
The Federal government says it will buy the mortgage.
Those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it.
“Type of wood used. Where the wood was harvested.”
What is the value of this information? A new beer recipe would be cool but, other than that it’s worthless IMO?
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Type of wood used. Where the wood was harvested.
“What is the value of this information”
Considering how long ago this home was constructed, it could help in building a really sturdy house today.
“The Federal government says it will buy the mortgage.”
That Viking family had to use a subprime stated income mortgage. Most of their income was grain, animal skins, and plunder.
Documenting that type of income, drives the loan office crazy and also the underwriter.