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Bone, antler & horn-working
Analysis of the bone, antler, ivory and horn objects found at Fishergate House and Blue Bridge Lane, York. The assemblage was of a medium size, with small but diverse section of material from the Anglian, early medieval and late medieval periods. The Anglian period is considered in some detail with evidence of the preparation and discard of objects such as combs, pins and handles on the site. The smaller amounts from the medieval period are associated with the monastic use of the site, including knife handles.
Analysis of the textile-working evidence from Blue Bridge Lane and Fishergate House is presented. Good evidence for textile-working in the Anglian period was identified in the form of loomweights, spindlewhorls and a pin beater including a bonfire kiln which had been used to fire the clay loomweights. Some possible evidence for production of textile from processed fleece was identified. For the later medieval periods, fewer items were recovered, but included two pairs of scissors, a copper alloy needle and a thimble. These finds reflect the nature of textile-working encountered within the claustral range of St Andrews Priory to the north.
Analysis of the ferrous metal-working evidence from Blue Bridge Lane and Fishergate House is presented. Some evidence for iron-smithing was identified in the Anglian period was identified in the form of smithing hearth bottoms, smithing slag as well as hammerscale. Evidence for small-scale smithing was also identified in later medieval periods, particularly Period 8. No in situ evidence for metal-working was encountered during excavation and the assemblage is of typical type and moderate quantity for an urban site.
This report analyses the waste from lead working found at Blue Bridge Lane and Fishergate House, York. Just under 200g of waste were recovered in 35 small finds from 16 features. A discussion is undertaken of the type of work carried out as suggested by the evidence and a catalogue of the finds is provided. The relatively small amount of lead waste suggests that work with lead was a small component of the metalworking activity on the site, nonetheless, evidence was found of a variety of different lead treatments carried out on the site over a number of periods.
Short report on the evidence for glass-working.