All Saints Fishergate, York

Archaeological investigations carried out from June 2007 through February 2008 at the site of the long-demolished Church of All Saints, Fishergate, in York revealed the foundations of a pre-Norman timber church and, on top of it, those of a stone church with a rectangular nave and rounded east-end apse. Buried in that apse lay the curled-up remains of a woman whose body had been devastated by osteoporosis and syphilis. Lauren McIntyre (Ph.D., Univ. of Sheffield), osteoarchaeologist and the site supervisor of this particular dig, suggests she might be Lady Isabel German, an anchoress attached to All Saints Fishergate between 1428-1448. McIntyre’s fascinating write-up of the project for Current Archaeology can be found here. (If you’re not reading this delightful publication, start now!) As CA is not academic, the article does not name sources, so more about this church and its anchoress will require some further digging (get it? digging? I just love puns…), to be done at a later date.

 

Sources

McIntyre, Lauren. “Excavating All Saint’s : A Medieval Church Rediscovered.” Current Archaeology 245 (Aug. 2010): 30-37. Linked on Academia.edu. Web. 30 June 2014.

Mennear, David. “Interview with Lauren McIntyre: Handful of Bones.” These Bones of Mine. thesebonesofmine.wordpress.com, 24 Mar. 2014. Web. 30 June 2014.

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