York archaeologists up for national award

SEVEN YEAR DIG: Work on the Hungate site during the dig.

SEVEN YEAR DIG: Work on the Hungate site during the dig.

First published in News

A SEVEN-year archaeological dig in York city centre has been shortlisted for a national award.

York Archaeological Trust (YAT) was nominated at the British Archaeological Awards 2014, for Best Archaeological Project, for the Hungate excavation which ran from 2006 to 2013, and which was one of the biggest developer-funded digs in the UK.

The dig offered community archaeology and educational opportunities and uncovered numerous buildings, related deposits and thousands of finds.

It charted the site’s use from Roman times, when it was partly used as a cemetery, through to Viking and medieval occupation and up to the late 19th and early 20th century.

The dig made the award shortlist because Hungate offered a rare opportunity to look at a 2,000 year slice of York’s history, its people, their buildings and their way of life.

David Jennings, the trust’s chief executive, said: “Being shortlisted in three separate categories at this year’s BAAs is an excellent achievement for York Archaeological Trust and is testament to all the hard work YAT does in driving forward innovative, archaeological presentation to both the public and private sector.”

The winners will be announced at the British Archaeology Awards take place on Monday, July 14, at the British Museum in London.

The Hungate site was cleared to make way for York’s largest urban regeneration scheme, consisting of hundreds of new homes, offices and shops.

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