MEDIEVAL AND POST-MEDIEVAL PLANT INVERTEBRATE REMAINS FROM AREA IV, THE BEDERN (NORTH-EAST), YORK
Author(s): A R Hall, H Kenward, A Robertson
Samples from 20 contexts from medieval and post-medieval deposits from Area IV of excavations at The Bedern (north-east), York, associated with the College of the Vicars Choral, attached to York Minster, were analysed for biological remains. Fifteen contexts were examined for insects via 18 samples, and the same number examined for plant remains via 17 samples. In addition, analyses of parasitic worm eggs were carried out on many of the deposits. For the most part, preservation was poor and interpretative value limited. A few pit fills are shown to have contained faecal material (presumably of human origin), including plant foods. The insect faunas, where large enough, were mostly typical of deposits of this period in York and overall the biota - or lack of it - indicates rather clean living conditions. The records will be useful in contributing to an overview of later medieval and post-medieval York.
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- Environmental Studies