You may have seen in the press recently that we have had the results back from our recent archaeology survey and we are both amazed and excited by the finds.
Allen Archaeology in Lincoln undertook the excavation for us to find out what remains below ground in areas around the Cathedral that we hope to improve as part of the Connected project.
I’m delighted to say that the excavation team unearthed many ancient and important artefacts including medieval graffiti showing hand carved Daisy Wheels. These are intricate and very beautiful hand carved symbols in stone which we believe are created as part of a protection ritual.
Further evidence of our ancestors’ everyday lives was found in the form of Roman and medieval pottery, medieval building materials and animal bones. The archeologists also found the burials of two adults. These were carefully re-covered and have been left in situ.
We also discovered the remains of medieval buildings we knew had once existed but had been destroyed in the Victorian period including the original Deanery and the Chantry – two of what were the most impressive medieval buildings in Lincoln. Plus, the once tiled floor of the elaborate gatehouse – Dean Flemyng’s Gate Tower – which was constructed in 1451–83.
We have history records that tell us much of the Cathedrals rich history but what we found during this dig has helped us to fill some of the gaps which is incredible.
The results of this survey, which was overseen by advisors from Historic England, are incredibly important – not only are we able to learn much about the Cathedral’s history and our ancestors – but it will help to inform our plans for improving visitor experience.