The Archaeology Data Service, which hosts the AHDS Centre for Archaeology,
is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital archive.
Christ Church, Spitalfields: investigations of the burial crypt
The crypt of Christ Church with All Saints, Spitalfields, East London,
was the first post-medieval burial vault to have been comprehensively
investigated by archaeological methods. The excavations were carried out
between October 1984 and April 1986 and the post-excavation analysis
between 1986 and 1993. The project was funded initially by grants from
the Greater London Council, the Wellcome Trust, the Nuffield Foundation
and English Heritage, with Mrs Elizabeth Frayne and the Natural History
Museum also providing financial support.
The new digital archive of these excavations provides access to a range
of unpublished material associated with the site, including unpublished
historical and post-excavation reports, the burial catalogue, extracts
from the parish registers for births, marriages and deaths,
illustrations associated with the excavations and a sample vault folder
containing the excavators' original interpretative notes and diagrams.
This is in addition to the two CBA Research Reports and the Occasional
Paper already published electronically.
The archive supports the PATOIS project. Funding from the JISC has
allowed us to digitise elements of this archive in order to create a
detailed online tutorial about research methods in archaeology, based on
the excavations at Christ Church Spitalfields. This tutorial was
written by Kate Fernie and is online at:
Dr William Kilbride
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