The Mystery of The Roman Pottery Graffiti

By adam corsini on 23 Oct 2014

Roman pot graffiti exteriorRoman pottery graffiti interior

The name on everyone’s lips at the Museum of London these past few months has most certainly been Sherlock. With the exhibition having just opened last week, our Archaeological Archive has been puzzling over a rather mysterious object that’s recently reared its head as part of the Unearthing South London project – A case most worthy of Sherlock himself, it’s the Mystery of The Roman Pottery Graffiti! Read the full postRead the full post

Unearthing South London: A place in the country

By adam corsini on 13 Oct 2014

Roman horse head  found down a wellEarly Roman glass beadRoman ceramic jar found down a well

Our current Unearthing London project is taking a look at the history of Beddington, which straddles the border of Croydon and Sutton. In my previous blog, we saw evidence of prehistoric activity; we went back 10000 years to a time when all that was there was a river channel; back 3000 years when settlers were engaged in animal husbandry; back 2000 years when Iron Age residents were building houses and living the domestic life. It’s time for the Romans… Read the full postRead the full post

Croydon BCE – Life’s A Ditch

By adam corsini on 8 Oct 2014

Found at Beddington Sewage Works in 1982Found at Beddington Excavations

The Museum’s Unearthing programme has taken us all across the Capital, from Hounslow to Havering, Bromley to Barnet. This autumn, we’re focusing on South-South London, and the boroughs of Croydon & Sutton. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing what was found when archaeologists dug up Beddington in the 1980s, taking in 10000 years of history and revealing how you can be part of this story.

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Marvellous Miniatures at the Archive: Top 3 Tiny Roman Objects

By glynn davis on 24 Sep 2014

Roman miniature tear catcher

The Museum’s Archaeological Archive houses a vast collection of objects with sometimes intricate meanings and nearly always a hidden story. In our continuing effort to open-up and throw light on our stored collections this new series of monthly blogs will present an alternative ‘top list’ of London’s archaeological objects. Last month some of our unusual ecofacts made the line-up. This month were focusing on the superstitious Romans and some of their more unusual miniatures… Read the full postRead the full post

All that Glitters at the Archaeological Archive

By adam corsini on 17 Sep 2014

From Billingsgate excavations 1983From Royal Mint excavations 1986From Grimes' 1949 Fortgate excavations

Being an archaeologist sometimes comes attached with this idealised image of treasure hunting; we’re meant to find gold aren’t we? Well, the reality is that most of the time we’re just shifting soil and recording lines in the earth. However, not today! Because today is all about those rare instances when shiny stuff pops up and you get a little excited. Read the full postRead the full post