Pottery from 46–54 Fishergate
by AJ Mainman
The Anglian assemblage from this site includes local, regional and imported wares. Excavations were carried out by York Archaeological Trust at 46-54 Fishergate in 1985-6. The site is located well outside the area of the Roman fortress and canabae on the north side of the River Ouse near its confluence with the River Foss.
Roman activity on the site was limited to ploughing the then open area, but cut into these agricultural levels were pits, ditches and post-holes. The excavation of these provided the first substantial evidence of Anglian period occupation ever recovered from York. This Anglian settlement existed for about a hundred and fifty years and came to an end in the mid 9th century. The site was then abandoned for over a century, before being re-occupied by a settlement, a church and its associated cemetery. This in turn was replaced in the late 12th century by a priory of the Gilbertine order, extensive areas of which were excavated. The priory came to an end at the Dissolution and the site reverted to an orchard before a glass-making factory was constructed in the 19th century.
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