The origins of Nottingham: archaeological investigations in the Medieval town from 1969 to 1980

Trent and Peak Archaeology, 2015

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Photograph of excavation at Boots Garage

Details are provided here of a project aimed at disseminating more widely the results of unpublished excavations of six sites within Nottingham city centre. The sites were excavated between 1969 and 1980 at Drury Hill (site code: DH69/70; accession number NCMG 2013-3), Woolpack Lane (site code: WL70; accession number NCMG 2013-4), Fisher Gate (site codes FG71/73/78; accession number NCMG 2013-5), Boots Garage (site code: BG72; accession number NCMG 2013-6), Goose Gate (site codes GG76/79; accession number NCMG 2013-7) and Halifax Place (site code HP78; accession number NCMG 2013-8). Two stages of post-excavation work were conducted between August 2012 and April 2014, with the aims of:

  1. securing and consolidating the site archive
  2. creating an on-line resource facilitating access to archive data for researchers interested in the development of medieval Nottingham

The digital resource, which may be accessed from this website, includes copies of the following (with appropriate catalogues and supporting information):

  • Archive Statement, detailing the state of the documentary and material archives for each site
  • List of contents of site archive in Nottingham City Museums and Galleries
  • Scans of Site Notebooks (for all sites) and context sheets (for Woolpack Lane only)
  • Large format plans and sections, including catalogue
  • Excavation photographs and catalogue
  • Scans of key pottery documentation
  • Finds drawings: scans of pottery and small finds drawings, including catalogue
  • Metalwork condition assessments
  • Radiographs of metal artefacts
  • Harris Matrices for the Goose Gate excavations

This work was funded by English Heritage and was managed by David Knight under the guidance of Paddy O'Hara and Duncan Brown of English Heritage. Work on the site archive was conducted on behalf of Trent & Peak Archaeology by Scott Lomax between August 2012 and April 2014, assisted by Annemarie Wheat between January and July 2013. Work on the pottery material and supporting documentary archives was undertaken by Vicky Nailor. Thanks are extended to Ann Inscker and Rebecca Arnott (Nottingham City Museums and Galleries) for providing access to archive material and for advice on the curation and storage of material. Gordon Young (Nottingham City Archaeologist) provided invaluable background information regarding all six excavations and assisted in the location of archive material. Mags Felter (YAT) prepared the metalwork condition assessment and prepared digital copies of the radiographs. Geoff Krause (YAT) repackaged metal small finds from the excavations.