Before ‘The Viking Dig’, clues about what it was like to live in JORVIK were few and far between. Most came from objects found by chance when workmen were laying foundations or digging drains. Only a handful of small-scale excavations had encountered Viking-Age remains. The excavation at Coppergate produced 40,000 different archaeological layers or contexts and led to the discovery of over 250,000 pieces of pottery, 5 tonnes of animal bone and 40,000 individually interesting objects. All of this evidence has been identified, preserved and researched by York Archaeological Trust.
This is a selection of the most typical, the rarest, the most beautiful and the most intriguing of these artefacts.