Five-year York Hungate dig comes to an end in December, 2011

Archaeologists are beginning to pack up their tools five years after the excavation of York, England's Hungate dig began. In 2012, the York Archaeological Trust will turn the 2,500 sq m (26,900 sq ft) excavation over to developers for a modern housing project.

During the past five years, the Hungate dig has uncovered remnants of much of York's 2,000 years of occupation including a Roman-era cemetery, cellars from Viking times, jewelry, Mediterranean beads, coins, a medieval rubbish pit and the remains of a market garden. "This excavation has been an incredibly interesting and varied project uncovering all sorts of aspects of York's remarkable heritage," said project director Peter Connelly.