Well-known Stamford archaeologist dies

Chris Mahany EMN-160719-152157001
Chris Mahany EMN-160719-152157001
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Stamford’s archaeologist for more than 20 years died last week.

Christine Mahany died peacefully at Whitefriars Care Home on Wednesday last week aged 77.

Miss Mahany came to Stamford in 1966 as director of the newly formed Stamford Archaeological Research Committee, in response to increasing threats from development in the town centre.

Her early excavations included sites in High Street, Water Street, a number of Stamford ware pottery kilns and a small excavation in St George’s Street that threw light on the early topography of the town.

Between 1967 and 1971 she excavated St Leonard’s Priory, revealing evidence of an alchemist’s laboratory, but her most important excavation was that of Stamford Castle from 1972 to 1976, at the time one of the most extensive investigations of a medieval fortification.

Miss Mahany had a great interest in music, especially church music, and was an avid reader of literature and poetry. She was for a period a member of Stamford Shoestring Theatre. She was also a member of the Lincoln Diocesan Advisory Committee on the Care of Churches.

The funeral will be held at St Mary’s Church, Stamford, on Thursday at 10am.