Brian Hope-Taylor died in January 2001, and his archive passed to the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Amongst the material, reflecting a lifetime’s devotion to archaeological investigation, were notebooks, photographs and pottery and other objects he had discovered during his excavations at Yeavering between 1952 and 1962.
Through the generosity of the Purvis estate, the latter passed into the ownership of the Gefrin Trust who commissioned a Conservation Report including x-rays of all metalwork and repackaging of the material in conservation-quality material.
The Trust intends to produce a new ‘Catalogue of all the Small Finds’, incorporating also the finds form the later, 1976, excavations. These fragments are the extraordinary survivals of life on a seventh-century Anglo-Saxon royal settlement: items produced, handled and used by the inhabitants of Yeavering over 1,300 years ago. The range of the material and its potential to add significantly to the story of the site are outlined briefly on the pages here. Click on the links above for more information.
Where possible the metal finds have been x-rayed, stabilised and conserved. Different categories of material have been sent for examination to a variety of small finds and artefact specialists.
You may now download the Handlist of Site Finds and their Records. Click on the PDF icon below to view or right click and select 'Save As...' to save the file to your computer.