The medieval Castle wall ran to the west of the present Fellows’ Garden (number 76) and down the west side of the excavation area. Forster’s map also depicts the courtyard (number 78) in front of the Bishop’s stables which had evidently been constructed by the mid-18th century. The stable immediately east of the excavation site is the South Stable. The building to the west (left here) of the number 73 was the Registry for the diocese. You can just make out a line of little squares along the pavement outside which is where the columns for its porticoed frontage once stood. These buildings and structures, and their appearance on this map, were later to provide crucial clues to dating the human remains.From the 1754 map it can be deduced that the burials discovered in November 2013 were dug in a marginal area which was enclosed but not very much overlooked. Clearly, the discovery was not made in the Cathedral graveyard but within the former grounds of Durham Castle, and about as far from the main residential buildings as it is possible to get.
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