Adventures in Finds and Post Excavation

Kurt and Sandra are York-based UK archaeologists, each with over 30 years of experience in British archaeology. Contact them on sgnuk@yahoo.co.uk

Kurt has worked on urban and rural archaeological sites of all eras, specialising in post excavation and the interpretation and publication of complex archaeology. Notable sites include Beddington Roman Villa in Surrey, Castleshaw Roman Fort, the post excavation and publication of Viking and Medieval Coppergate York, excavation of St Leonard’s Hospital York, the Headless Romans of Driffield Terrace, York, and the Community Dig at Ravenglass Vicus, Cumbria. Follow Kurt on Twitter @postexkurt

Sandra concentrates on the curation and study of artefacts. Ceramic building material (aka brick and tile) are her particular specialisation, and she is the author of many (mostly grey literature) reports concerning this important, but unglamorous, class of find.  Follow Sandra on Twitter @tegels

NEWS

2016

August – Kurt continues to write up the University of York site whilst planning a return to Ravenglass. Sandra continues to research the VAD hospitals, now including the illusive Nunthorpe Hall hospital. And a trip to the Museum of the Order of St John, London, which holds lots of documents on the hospitals, is being arranged

July – Kurt is currently writing up a small site at University of York. Sandra is currently researching the First World War Voluntary Aid Detachment auxiliary hospitals at St Johns (Lord Mayors Walk) and Clifford Street, both in York. She is also recording the finds from King’s Manor

June 2nd & 5th – Kurt will be speaking at York’s Eboracum Roman Festival 1st-5th June. His talk, Romans lose their heads: an unusual cemetery in Roman York, will take place on Thursday 2nd June. Some of his theories are explored in Gladiators: Secrets of the Dead which was shown on UK tv a few years back, so this talk will be your chance to ask him questions face to face! His tour, In the footsteps of the legionaries: the Roman fortress at York, will take place on Sunday 5th June. 

May 16th – Sandra will be talking on the subject of ceramic building materials to the Friargate Community Archaeology Group

April-May – Kurt will be digging out in East Yorkshire with the Department of Archaeology of University of York

April – Kurt will be speaking at the Roman Finds Group meeting ‘Finds from Roman York, Brigantia and Beyond’ on 2nd April

March – Sandra’s CBM report for the Excavations at York Minster Library 1997 has just been published in a BAR volume

February – Kurt’s web report on Driffield Terrace can be downloaded in PDF format from here.  In addition, there is a selected small finds report from the site by Hilary Cool, which is available here.

January - The Headless Romans of Driffield Terrace York (dug by Kurt) have returned to public notice with an article about the skeleton’s DNA in Nature on its Nature Communications page (open access)

2015

November    The Romans in Ravenglass final report is available from here.  Kurt had a major role in both the excavation and the publication about the fort’s vicus

 

OTHER INTERNET PAGES

* BRICKMAKING IN 19TH CENTURY YORK: A PRELIMINARY SURVEY

* CBM GREY LITERATURE AND PUBLICATIONS

* BLOG: BOOKS AND BRICKS

* BLOG: ROMANS IN RAVENGLASS

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