Newcastle renovation reveals medieval secrets

The development of a new commercial district in Newcastle, England has sparked interest in the medieval quayside life of the city, an area reclaimed from the River Tyne by the year 1400. Excavations have already uncovered a substantial sandstone wall and green-glazed pottery.

Newcastle has long been a trading center with some of its reclaimed land originating with ballast deposits from ships. Stone piers and terraces were built on the mud, pushing the river bank back from its original location.