Issue: The environmental evidence from the Church Street Roman sewer system

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Author Paul C Buckland
Editor Peter V Addyman
Publisher York Archaeological Trust
Council for British Archaeology
Year of Publication 1976
Volume 1414/1
ISBN 0 900312 41 6
Note Date Of Issue From: 1976 Editorial Expansion: The Archaeology of York Vol 14 fasc 1
Source British Archaeological Abstracts (BAA)
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The excavation of a Roman sewer, apparently serving the bath house of the legionary fortress at York, produced biological evidence representing species living in the sewer, those which could have come from the area of the fortress, and other non-local elements. Insects were the most numerous and their remains formed the basis of the interpretation suggested here. They included species tolerant of foul conditions and there was some evidence for latrine sediments, and for pests of stored grain from a building nearby. Water for the baths must have come along a closed aqueduct from a spring in a mixed oak wood. With contributions by R.A.D. Cameron, J.R.A. Greig, R.W. Meyrick, D.J. Rackham, C. Simms, A. Wheeler and A. Wilson. See also 77/4425, 4441.