During the recent major restoration project at Lincoln Castle ('Lincoln
Castle Revealed') an area close to the East Gate was excavated and found
to contain a wide range of material from the late twelfth century.
Cecily Spall of FAS Heritage, York, gave a fascinating account of the
finds on this site to a large audience at St Hugh’s Hall, Lincoln, on 20 March.
of animal bones and hundreds of pot sherds have been collected and
identified. The bones are from a wide range of species: cow, pig,
sheep, birds and fish. The area excavated was clearly the midden which received food scraps and other rubbish from
the castle kitchen.
There were also several horseshoes and shoe
nails; other evidence confirmed the proximity of stables. Some items
appeared to have come from ‘sweepings’ in the Great Hall: these
included dice, a flute, bone pins and a seal box of Roman origin.
finds have been tied in with the likely group of buildings in this
area, including the Observatory Tower, now thought to have originated as
a gaol. A publication is expected in the near future.
Image: The East Gate: the C12 buildings were immediately to the right of the gate.