The interpretive cross-sections shown in Image 1 are located beside the city wall, in the grounds of - and to the rear of York City Library (now known as York Explore). The only public access to this area is from Museum Gardens via a small doorway through the city wall behind the fernery (close to the Multangular Tower).
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Cross-sections through Defensive Bank (Rampart)
These interpretive cross-sections through the ramparts of York's city defences show how the size and shape of the earth bank evolved over time.
There are four pebble-faced cross-sections, each labelled with a carved stone sign.
The carved-stone signs visible in Image 1 read as follows (from top to bottom):
- MEDIAEVAL BANK
- NORMAN BANK
11TH C - 12TH C
- DARK AGES BANK
5TH C - 10TH C
- ROMAN BANK
1ST C - 4TH C
These interpretive cross-sections were created following archaeological excavations in 1969-70 to investigate and record the structure of the walls and ramparts near tower 19. A more detailed cross-section diagram (of a nearby section of the ramparts) is available on the British History Online website - see the 'External Links' section below for details and link.