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York An aerial view of York, with York Minster in the centre An aerial view of York, with York Minster in the centre Official logo of York Arms of City of York Council York shown within England York shown within England Coordinates: [show location on an interactive map] 53°57′30″N 1°5′48″W / 53.95833, -1.09667 Sovereign state United Kingdom Constituent country England Region Yorkshire and the Humber Ceremonial county North Yorkshire Admin HQ York City Centre Settled by Romans as Eboracum c. AD 71 Government - Type Unitary Authority, City - Governing body City of York Council - Leadership: Leader and Executive - Executive: Liberal Democrat - MPs: Hugh Bayley (L) John Greenway (C) John Grogan (L) Anne McIntosh (C) Area - Total 105 sq mi (271.94 km²) Population (2005 est / Urban 2006) - Total 193,300 (Ranked 74th) - Density 1,779.3/sq mi (687/km²) - Ethnicity (2005 Estimates) 95.6% Any White 3.0% Any Asian 0.9% Mixed 0.5% Any Black Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0) - Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1) Postcode YO Area code(s) 01904 ISO 3166-2 GB-YOR ONS code 00FF OS grid reference SE603517 NUTS 3 UKE21 Website: www.york.gov.uk York (pronunciation (help·info)) is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England, sited at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss. The city is noted for its rich history, playing an important role throughout much of its existence; it is nearly 2,000 years old. The city was founded as Eboracum in AD 71 by the Romans and was made one of the two capitals of all Roman Britain. During this period influential historical figures, such as Constantine the Great, became associated with the city. The entire Roman Empire was governed from York for two years by Septimus Severus. After the Angles moved in, the city was renamed Eoferwic, and served as the capital of the Kingdom of Northumbria. The Vikings captured the city in 866, renaming it Jórvík, the capital of a wider kingdom of the same name covering much of Northern England. Around the year 1000, the city became known as York. Richard II wished to make York the capital of England, but before he could effect this he was deposed. After the Wars of the Roses, York housed the Council of the North and was regarded as the capital of the North. It was only after The Restoration that the political importance of the city began to decline. The Province of York is one of the two English ecclesiastical provinces, alongside that of Canterbury. From 1996, the term City of York describes a unitary authority area which includes rural areas beyond the old city boundaries. The urban area has a population of 137,505, while the entire unitary authority has 184,900 people. Currently, the core of the city within the walls is a major tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world.Plasterwork is one of the most ancient of building techniques. Evidence shows that the dwellings of primitive man were erected in a simple fashion with sticks and plastered with mud. The pyramids in Egypt contain plasterwork executed at least four thousand years ago, probably much earlier, and yet hard and durable, at the present time. From recent discoveries it has been ascertained that the tools of the plasterer of that time were practically identical in design, shape and purpose with those used today. For their finest work, the Egyptians used a plaster made from calcined gypsum just like plaster of Paris of the present time, and their methods of plastering on reeds resemble in every way our lath, plaster, float and set work. Hair was introduced to strengthen the material, and the whole finished somewhat under an inch thick.