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MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology)

Join archaeologists on London's longest archaeological site, the Thames.

MOLA's Thames Discovery Programme(TDP) is a community archaeology project recording and monitoring the Thames foreshore, London's longest archaeological site. The ebb and flow of the tidal Thames is constantly exposing new structures, features, and objects.

The TDP has trained over 600 FROG (Foreshore Recording and Observation Group) volunteers who work on recording this remarkable heritage, from Richmond to Woolwich in all seasons, with more joining each year. The archaeology they record represents the full range of our history, from the earliest known structure in London (over 6,000 years old and discovered by TDP in 2011 near Vauxhall Bridge) to the Georgian wine bottles, Victorian clay pipes, and 20th century shopping trolleys that come to rest in London's river. The project is generously sponsored by Tideway and The City Bridges Trust.


Recording the Thames foreshore
1pm - 3pm (low tide at 2.30pm)

On London History Day the FROG group will be recording the foreshore below St. Mary's Putney. Features here include the footings of the first Putney Bridge, dating to 1729 - one of a very few points where the Thames could be crossed before the 19th century - whilst finds include artefacts relating to the Thames' use in Hindu worship. The TDP Team and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about foreshore archaeology, so come and take a look if you're about, or follow on social media if you can't make it.

Two women standing on the river foreshore examining an artefact
Join archaeologists on London’s longest archaeological site where the MOLA’s Thames Discovery Programme will be recording the Thames foreshore © MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology)


Event location: Thames Foreshore below St Mary's Putney, SW15 2QJ

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Twitter Handles: @molarchaeology @thamesdiscovery

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