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Arcifact - Unearthing York's Homeless Heritage

Posted on 7 February 2012

Public Exhibition from the Bootham Park Hospital excavation Team

The project is based around a team of homeless and non-homeless people using archaeology as an approach to contemporary homelessness. The project began organically in Stokes Croft, Bristol (UK) in late 2008 and has since become the subject of Rachael Kiddey’s PhD at the University of York, although we continue to work collaboratively as a team of equals.

An excavation where the bulk of the finds are crisp and cigarette packets is not the norm for a historic city like York, however this site aims to introduce you to the work being done by students at the University of York and residents of the Arc Light Homeless shelter in York, in which this was exactly the case.

On this site you will find details about the excavation that was performed in the Bootham  Park hospital grounds, and the reason for the on-going archaeological analysis of areas used by the Homeless community in York. We aim to provide a fresh perspective both to Archaeological study and the way in which we understand our communities today, through the use of archaeological techniques on contemporary issues.

The results of our work in York will be available for view by the general public in our Exhibition running from the 9th March 2012 until the 16th March 2012 at the beautiful Wealden Hall on Goodramgate, for which we must thank the York Conservation Trust who have allowed us use of the fantastic space, this will be the opportunity to explore and understand more about the excavation and what its aims were, as well as chat to members of the team. We hope to see you there, and please feel free to leave your comments and views in our Comments section.

For more details see the Arcifacts website

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