Fun on the Foreshore

Some two dozen adults and children joined in a forage for finds on the foreshore on 6 August. The joint event brought together members of CBA London, the Thames Discovery Programme (TDP) and Young Archaeologist Clubs for an afternoon of holiday activities enhanced by the BBC’s Hands on History materials. On hand from the CBAL committee were Chairman Andrew Dismore and trustees Shiela Broomfield, Sarah Dhanjal and Becky Wallower.

Fun on the Foreshore (Shiela Broomfield)

After gathering under the Millennium Bridge for a briefing by Nathalie Cohen of TDP, the group headed up and down river from the steep Trig Lane steps. Amongst the timbers of bargebeds, large dumps of animal bone, a deposit of chamber pot sherds and spreads of building material spanning centuries, plenty of fascinating discoveries were collected, ranging from Roman pot to modern champagne bottles hurled in the river from an overlooking pub. Star finds included a glorious little bone knife handle topped with a bemused looking, curly-haired figure (picked up by Sarah) and a lovely painted boat on a fragment of tin glazed tile.

Processing Foreshore finds back in the Museum of London (Shiela Broomfield)

Up at the Museum of London afterwards, Mike Webber of TDP introduced the new foreshore section in the Archaeology in Action display and other relevant artefacts in the galleries. Hands-on activities offered a chance to write up a finds’ report, identify and date the finds from the foreshore and have a go at reconstructing pottery – invaluable skills for the post excavation process.