A second significant find during this excavation was a pair of human feet from a mid-11th century burial - the later era of Viking York. The feet were part of a body buried in a stone tomb, the rest of which was destroyed during the laying of foundations for the medieval Minster in 1220.
Although there have been many finds of burials from this era around the city, the positioning of this body and the fact the buried feet cut into the disturbed remains of earlier burials suggest an answer to a question which has puzzled archaeologists - whether the Anglo-Scandinavian cemetery on the site followed the line of an earlier Anglian cemetery.
The finding suggests the cemetery was one continuous, extensive burial ground for generations, regardless of whether the occupant was Anglo-Saxon or ‘Viking’. This reinforces the assertion that this part of York still had a substantial population from the 5th century, and that, through flood, fire or invasion one of the earliest of Britain’s religious sites flourished at the heart of its community between the 7th and 11th centuries.