The early Norman castle at Lincoln and a re-evaluation of the original West Tower of Lincoln Cathedral
Vince, Alan and Stocker, David
Medieval Archaeology, Vol.41 (1997)
This note emerges from discussions undertaken as a result ofwork carried out on two related projects, both funded by English Heritage. The first of these is the production of a synthesis of the archaeology of Lincoln, based primarily on the post-excavation and publication work carried out by the City of Lincoln Archaeology Unit on excavations undertaken between 1972 and 1987. The second is the Lincoln Urban Archaeology Database (V.A.D.), a GIS-based database of archaeological interventions in the city and their interpretation in terms of monuments.2 The two initiatives together have provided the means to re-examine previous archaeological discoveries. TheOries about the layout of the city and how it changed with time can be viewed, and alternative theories presented in the form ofdigital maps. The revised sequence and interpretation ofthe early Norman castle in Lincoln proposed in this note could easily have been made at any time in the last decade, and indeed may well have been. However, without almost instantaneous access to the totality of the archaeological record and cartographic sources there would be no means of testing the proposal and decidin~that it was able to explain the known relevant facts and observations better than the existmg orthodoxy.