The evaluation at Cottam developed out of the York Environs Project, funded by English Heritage. The 1993 excavations were funded by the Earthwatch Foundation USA, with additional support from the University of York and York Archaeological Trust; the 1995 excavations were funded by the British Academy with further support from the University of York. The Grants Fund of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society assisted with funding of the post-excavation work. I am grateful to Kevin Leahy (Scunthorpe Museum), Andrew Foxon (formerly of Hull Museum), Ben Whitwell, Dave Evans and colleagues (Humberside Archaeology Unit), as well as to Richard Hall (York Archaeological Trust) and Catherine Hills (Cambridge University) for their encouragement. I would particularly like to thank the 1993 excavation co-director, Blaise Vyner, for help on site, and subsequent discussion.

Blaise Vyner and I are indebted to Robert Bannister, landowner, for allowing access to the site, to Peter Dunning, for camp site facilities in 1993, and to the discoverers of Anglo-Saxon Cottam, David Haldenby and his colleagues Steve Foster and Dave Hirst. Various members of York University provided additional support. John Bateman provided photographic assistance, as well as contributing the flint report. Various York students provided on-site supervision, notably Tony Austin and Kate Bowden (site supervisors), Louise Raynor and Jeanette Forster (finds) and Thomas Shaw (environmental sampling). Site management was ably undertaken by Elizabeth Jelley and Paul White. Pre-publication plans were drafted by John Duffy, Neil Herbert, and Rupert Hooper. The Cottam project Geographical Information System has been used to provide many of the plans in this report. It was developed in ARC/INFO by the author with assistance from Jeff Chartrand, Paul Miller and Peter Halls. Tony Austin, Jon Kenny and Caroline Buckley assisted with the finds database; Helen Fenwick, Nigel Batten, John Duffy and Robert Evans carried out additional digitising. Finds conservation was carried out at the York Archaeological Trust Conservation Laboratory by Erica Paterson. Full details of the conservation treatment are recorded in York Archaeological Trust Conservation Laboratory Reports 118, 140, and 171.

This report was originally published in conventional form in the Archaeological Journal 156 (1999), 1-110. I would like to thank Helena Hamerow and David Hinton for their comments on my initial text. I am grateful to the Editor, Helena Hamerow, and the Council of the Royal Archaeological Institute for their kind permission to create an electronic version, and to Jo Clarke and Judith Winters for developing this experiment in electronic publication. I am also grateful to the many contributors to the original report, namely Tony Austin, John Bateman, Samantha Bell, Kristine Birchall, Don Brothwell, Elaine Campbell, John Carrott, Frances Chaloner, Keith Dobney, Justin Garner-Lahire, Geoff Gaunt, Allan Hall, Michael Issitt, Deborah Jaques, Harry Kenward, Frances Large, Annie Milles, Patrick Ottaway, Elizabeth Pirie, and Blaise Vyner. The opportunity has been taken to make their full texts available from the associated project digital archive.


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