The discoveries at 62-68 Low Petergate, one of
the most significant excavations to occur in York in recent years,
are of considerable value for research into urban life and industry
in medieval York.
Medieval and post-medieval buildings and industrial
structures were found in the four tenements excavated at the rear
of the properties. A complex sequence of medieval workshop buildings
dating from the 13th-15th centuries was uncovered. Within them were
hearths, furnaces, and other features related to the metal working
industry. Pits were found outside the workshops that contained domestic
and industrial waste discarded by those who lived and worked in
the tenements on Low Petergate. In addition to the evidence for
metal working there was evidence from pit fills of leather and horn
working, including a number of well-preserved, highly decorated
leather knife sheaths.
The large quantity of outstanding finds and environmental
samples recovered provides valuable insight into the domestic lives
of the people living and working amongst these industries.
The medieval deposits were overlain by post-medieval
building foundations and associated culverts, yards and paths. There
are scarce opportunities to excavate post-medieval buildings within
the City centre, so the excavation at 62-68 Low Petergate has additional
significance due to the continuity between the medieval and post-medieval