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New Museums Site

History of New Museums Site

For General Information on this location see the Wikipedia entry.

Archaeological excavation on the site of the Old examination Hall, North Range Buildings took place at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. It revealed evidence of three phases of activity: domestic occupation from c.1050 onwards, the Augustinian Friary of c.1275/89-1538 and activity after the Dissolution in 1538.

The full report is available here:

The first phase probably related to one or two properties fronting onto Bene’t Street / Wheeler Street.

The occupation by the friary involved a portion of a building and a cemetery with 32 burials. 16 of the burials (all male where known) were accompanied by buckles. There was also a later period of new building. Unusually there were female skeletons found in this period.

Evidence of rebuilding at the time of the Dissolution was found. At some point before 1798 a large building was created which was probably part of the Green Houses associated with the Old Botanic Gardens.




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