Medieval linen found in Northampton tanning tanks

Several scraps of linen dating to the Middle Ages have been found at the base of a timber and stone-lined tanks, believed to have been used for tanning, in the St John's Street excavation in Northampton, England. (photos)

The two 50mm (2in) scraps of linen were discovered in the dig along with fragments of serpentine marble, possibly from an altar. The artifacts most likely date to the late 12th and early 13th centuries. also found were "some very nice pieces of antler, and a lovely collection of honestones for sharpening knives," said Jim Brown, from the Museum of London Archaeology.