3 p.m. Early career archaeologists from Archaeology South-East, University College London (Institute of Archaeology) and University of York: The origins and symbolism of the Great Gatehouse at Battle Abbey by Dr Michael Shapland; Online catalogue of Ostrogothic coinage by Dr Elena Baldi and An Object Biography of Engraved Limestone Plaquettes from the Magdalenian Site of Montastruc, southern France by Andy Needham.
5 p.m. The Lost 12th-Century Choir of York Minster Reconstructed by Dr Stuart Harrison
For many years the lost 12th-century choir of York Minster has been seen a possible key building in the development of Early Gothic in the north of England. Recently a new study of the evidence from excavations, the standing fabric and detached architectural fragments has enabled a better understanding of this complex building. The plan of the choir has been established for the first time and can be shown to derive from that of the abbey of St Bertin in St Omer. The crypt and main elevations have now been reconstructed and show that the choir incorporated some of the latest Gothic detailing deriving from north west France and Flanders. Its use of Purbeck Marble for shafts and piers and the design of the high vaulting with quadripartite and sexpartite designs parallels that of Canterbury some twenty years later. It was clearly one of the earliest buildings in England to use Gothic design and detailing.