Volunteers help find site of 13th century hospital

For three years, archaeologists have been looking for signs of a medieval hospital in Northumberland Park in Tyneside, England. 80 medieval burials have been found, and, in the last few days of the dig, a floor of glazed tiles, probably from the hospital's chapel. (photos)

Historical records discuss St Leonard’s Hospital, probably a hospital for lepers, on the site, which the team believes it has now found. “We knew there was a hospital somewhere but we did not know if anything had survived, so the structural finds are gratifying and a reward for the efforts of our loyal volunteers,” said Richard Carlton from The Archaeological Practice, who is leading the dig.