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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Unearthing Barnet: From castle to shopping centre

By adam corsini on 12 Mar 2014
Dan Nesbitt, Assistant Curator, bringing archaeology to the masses!

Dan Nesbitt, Assistant Curator, bringing archaeology to the masses!

In my previous blogs, I told the story of Geoffrey II de Mandeville, a wealthy baron in the reign of King Stephen. During the years of the civil war both King Stephen and his enemy Empress Matilda end up giving Mandeville permission to build a new castle anywhere on his land, which stretched from Berkshire to Essex. Archaeologists think that castle may have been the one found at South Mimms in the 1960s. Read the full postRead the full post

Unearthing Barnet: A good spot for a castle

By adam corsini on 3 Mar 2014
Arrowhead found at South Mimms

Arrowhead found at South Mimms

In my previous blog, I told the story of Geoffrey II de Mandeville and his wily ways at expanding his land and power during the 1140’s. We last left the story with both King Stephen and Empress Matilda having granting him permission to build a new castle anywhere he liked on his land, land that stretched from Berkshire to Essex. Read the full postRead the full post

Unearthing Barnet: The King, the Empress and Mandeville in the middle

By adam corsini on 19 Feb 2014
King Stephen

King Stephen

Today, London covers over 1500 square kilometres, stretching from Hillingdon in the west to Havering in the east, Croydon in the south to Barnet in the north. This spring the museum’s Archaeological Archive will be focussing on Barnet as part of our Arts Council funded ‘Unearthing’ programme, using artefacts found locally to tell the story of London’s outer boroughs. Read the full postRead the full post