Many firsts unearthed at dig

The site at Burnby Lane has been nominated for Current Archaeology magazine's Rescue Project of the Year 2018 award. It is the only dig in the north of England up for the prestigious accolade.

A special event was held at Pocklington Arts Centre to discuss the many excellent discoveries at the Iron Age excavation on Burnby Lane.

Archaeologist Paula Ware addressed a sell out audience about the amazing work at the David Wilson Homes’ Pavilion Square site.

She outlined how important the Pocklington finds are and how the Burnby Lane site has turned up so many ‘firsts’ – including the first burial in Britain of a male buried on top of his shield, the first chariot with horses burial for 200 years, possibly the oldest cause of TB yet discovered, some brooch and bangle types never previously found in the north of England, and the first time a Iron Age cemetery of this size has been excavated in a lowland setting rather than on the Wolds uplands.

This was also the first time such a large and diverse excavation has been subjection to modern DNA and isotope analysis techniques, in addition to several other rare and unusual facets.

The site at Burnby Lane has been nominated for Current Archaeology magazine’s Rescue Project of the Year 2018 award. It is the only dig in the north of England up for the prestigious accolade.

There’s still a chance to vote for the important project before the deadline on Monday 5 February. Visit www.archaeology.co.uk/awards/rescue-project-year-2018.htm to register your vote.

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