Illustrated Talk On The Thames Discovery Programme
Will Rathouse of the Museum of London to speak hosted by Age Concern
Running through the heart of London is a mighty river: the Thames. It has played a central role in the history of the city, and when the tide is low, the capitalís longest archaeological site is revealed. As the tides of the Thames reveal evidence of the past, this talk reveals the work of the Thames Discovery Programme in monitoring and recording Londonís history on the riverís foreshore.
This project was initiated over ten years ago by the noted archaeologists Gustav Milne, Nathalie Cohen and Eliott Wragg. They had noted that the river was continually revealing and washing away archaeological features, some of which were going unrecorded.
Funding for a sufficiently large dedicated team of professional monitoring archaeologists was (and still is) unlikely to be forthcoming. They therefore decided to involve interested members of the public who were trained and organised into the Foreshore Recording and Observation Group, FROG for short. This talk explains how they have operated and what they have found.
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