Bishops Palace Excavation newsletters

Bishops Palace Excavation newsletters

NEWSLETTER No.4 October 2918

It has been​ ​an eventful summer down at the excavation site and as we now enter the autumn months we still have many questions left to answer! New measurements have been taken of the site using the 16th century survey as a guide and taking the archaeological evidence we have so far collected into account. These measurements, when placed in conjunction with the geophysics survey, appears to show that we actually dropped in trench one mere centimetres outside of what we believe to be the chapel. Whilst trench one did provide us with plenty of finds, trench two has been a different story. Reasons for this are supported by our new measurements and explain why we may have a lack of finds. This new information does not mean that what we have excavated so far should be discounted. The information can now be used to our advantage when we decide where to place trench three, it also means that we may possibly be able to negotiate extending trenches one and two. Watch this space!

We have​ ​proposed to close the site down for the winter by the end of November. By this time the excavation of trenches one and two will be fully complete and their contents will be correctly recorded and photographed. This will mean that, in the long run, the trenches may have to be filled back in, as is standard practice at archaeological excavations, unless in the next few weeks we discover any finds which enable us to keep them open. We have been granted permission from Historic England to extend the excavation by a further 6 months. This means that when the site reopens in March 2019 after the winter months, we can get started on trench three. We will still require volunteers to help us in March. If you wish to come along and help, or you know someone who would like to be involved with all aspects of the excavation, then do keep your eyes peeled for further newsletters or drop us an email!

The finds we had on display in the Heritage Centre from the 1980’s excavation will unfortunately have to be returned to Hull Archaeology, as we were only holding them on a temporary basis. It is hoped that we will be able to display our new finds at the Heritage Centre sometime in the near future. We have now received two further grants for the excavation fund, which is very welcome news as this will enable us to acquire the appropriate tools, equipment, visual displays and of course finds specialists, which will be invaluable to us in learning more about the site. The first was from Howden Town Council for £1500 and the second from The Postcode Lottery for an amount of £5,500. Last Monday evening our very own Mike Hatfield presented a talk and slide show on photographing finds at Howden Camera Club, who kindly donated £50 towards our excavation. Many thanks to their members! Also, many thanks to Stephen and Rachel for the long hours they spent in trench one recording and drawing (see diagrams). Everything must be recorded appropriately for Historic England’s records which is extremely time consuming!