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Lost Medieval Church Discovered in York

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

England St Johns ChurchYORK, ENGLAND—The foundations of the medieval Church of St John the Baptist, also known as St John’s in the Marsh, have been uncovered in at the Hungate site in central York as part of a construction project. The church was built in the twelfth century, at a time when there were many churches in York, and although it was a poor parish, benefited from the patronage of Richard Russell, a mayor and sheriff of the city. St John’s closed during the Reformation and was demolished in the 1500s. “We are dealing with a part of the site that charts 900 years of the city’s history, in a place where normal, working people would have lived. This is exactly what archaeology is about—learning about the lives of people,” said archaeologist Toby Kendall.