Looking Back at Hungate

From the autumn of 2006 to the end of 2011 a team from York Archaeological Trust investigated the archaeology of the Hungate area of York, as part of the regeneration of an often overlooked corner of the city.

Looking Back at Hungate

What the archaeologists discovered during their investigations was a rich and changing story, reflecting how people adapted the use of this low-lying parcel of land that sits within an elbow of the River Foss.



Looking Back at Hungate uses artefacts to tell the story of a changing city landscape over the last 2,000 years and is located within the hands-on environment of DIG; bringing you closer to the archaeology of York.

  • See intricate and amazing Roman jewellery that had been placed in graves over 1,500 years ago.
  • Find out how timbers from an Anglo-Saxon ship were remade into the cellar of a Viking-Age house.
  • Examine beautifully crafted pots depicting the faces of humans and images of animals from York’s medieval past.
  • Explore how people lived in Hungate’s Victorian streets and houses, condemned as slum districts.


Investigate some of the diverse collection of artefacts discovered during the five-year excavation of Hungate in York and discover the stories of the people who lived there from Roman times to the early 20th century.