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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Making Medieval Melodies: Top 3 archaeological musical instruments

By adam corsini on 16 Jul 2014

Medieval Key from BillingsgateJew's Harp from Custom HouseBone pipe from Thames Exchange

Tomorrow night our Archaeological Archive will be undergoing a Medieval musical makeover. We’re turning the lights down for torch lit tours of our stores, our curators have been tasked with talking about their top medieval artefacts and we’ve commissioned musicians to create modern medieval inspired melodies. Read the full postRead the full post

The Final Three

By adam corsini on 9 Jul 2014


From 1981's excavations at Swan LaneFrom 1981's excavations at Swan LaneFrom 1969's excavations at Lefevre Road

Object of VIP13: The Final

Over the past fortnight the Museum of London’s Archaeological Archive has taken to these blog pages to dazzle you with the cream of the crop of our archaeological collections. In each of the three preliminary rounds,  five objects have battled for your favour in an effort to determine which has been the best artefact that our volunteers have come across during the 13th Volunteer Inclusion Project (VIP13). Here are the final three: Read the full postRead the full post