A lasting legacy


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Julie Shoemark

We’re so excited at the announcement by our friends at #YorkMuseumsTrust (YMT) that they are embarking on a new project with the A1 archive!


The A1 Leeming to Barton upgrade project was a massive undertaking archaeologically, with continuous excavation between 2013 and 2017, followed by years of painstaking research and report writing by a multidisciplinary team of skilled experts. The project revealed a wealth of archaeological material, including internationally important evidence for a Late Iron Age community at Scotch Corner and a breath-taking window into the development of the Roman town at Catterick.

During 2021, over 1000 boxes of archaeological material made their journey from our stores to York, where they now form part of the permanent collection of YMT. Ever since, curators at YMT have been hard at work accessioning the finds and ensuring that they are stored in optimum conditions. YMT are now embarking on an exciting new project to make this, plus material from the fantastic site of Star Carr, more accessible to the public.

For us, the project may be over, but the resulting archive will now provide a resource for an array of research projects and exhibitions for many years to come. We’re proud to have had a role in the production of this lasting legacy, which will enable future generations to learn about aspects of Late Iron Age and Roman life in North Yorkshire. We look forward to hearing more from York Museums Trust about the next steps in the A1 archive’s journey.

You can already see some of the stand-out pieces from these excavations on display right now as part of the Yorkshire Museum’s Ryedale Hoard exhibition!


Looking for more information about the archaeology of the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme? Our full series of monographs is available free here: https://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/a1_highwayseng_2021/

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