Significant medieval find during work on Nottingham creative and digital learning building

Archaeologists working on the construction of a new creative and digital learning space for Nottingham Trent University and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies have unearthed the best preserved medieval site seen in Nottingham for 15 years.

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Edward Peck, NTU Vice-Chancellor, left, and Craig Chettle of Confetti visit the site of the archaeological find

Archaeologists working on the construction of a new creative and digital learning space for Nottingham Trent University and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies have unearthed the best preserved medieval site seen in Nottingham for 15 years.

Trent & Peak Archaeology (part of York Archaeological Trust), have discovered enclosure ditches and square rock cut pits filled with pottery, glass and roof tiles which appear to indicate pottery production took place in very close proximity. The construction site in Convent Street lies just outside Parliament Street –the boundary of what is considered Nottingham’s medieval town – meaning this could be one of very few examples of craft and industry found just to the outside of the mediaeval town.

Paul Flintoft, project manager at Trent & Peak Archaeology, said: “With all the development taking place in the city in the coming years, this could be the first of many such finds which may change our understanding of Nottingham’s medieval economy.”

The artefacts are being removed from the site and cleaned for further analysis.

Marc Preite, Nottingham Trent University’s project manager for the new development, said the find would not delay the work in any way as he had factored for archaeological work in the plan. He added: “We had planned for archaeological investigations and so this is all factored into our schedule and we are working closely with relevant specialists to ensure the artefacts are dealt with properly.”

Staff and students from several of the university’s arts and humanities courses will be visiting the site to learn more about the significance of the finds.

Confetti’s Director of Operations, Greg Marshall said: “It seems quite appropriate that our new digital media hub could be built on a site where a creative industry was practiced hundreds of years ago.”

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    *         The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015.  It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award.

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    Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies

    *         Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies is a unique educational establishment; a custom-designed facility home to over 1600 further and higher education students studying for careers in the games, music, technical events, TV and film industries. Confetti ICT is owned by Nottingham Trent University and offers students unrivalled industry opportunities and access to creative industry professionals and companies giving them a truly 360° learning experience.

Significant medieval find during work on Nottingham creative and digital learning building

Published on 15 February 2017
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