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Book review: The river’s tale: archaeology on the Thames foreshore
Book review: The river’s tale: archaeology on the Thames foreshore

Book review: The river’s tale: archaeology on the Thames foreshore

Ten years of archaeological discovery on the Thames has been explored in the first-ever book by the Thames Discovery Programme.

Nov
12
2017
See the triumphant restoration of Roman London’s Mithraeum
See the triumphant restoration of Roman London’s Mithraeum

See the triumphant restoration of Roman London’s Mithraeum

After a rude awakening in 1952, and a rather desultory open-air display for the past five decades, the Temple of Mithras has been magnificently restored and returned to its original home.

Nov
08
2017
Crossrail archaeology reveals the bleak fortunes of 16th-18th century Londoners
Crossrail archaeology reveals the bleak fortunes of 16th-18th century Londoners

Crossrail archaeology reveals the bleak fortunes of 16th-18th century Londoners

The bleak fortunes of poor and migrant communities living in London up to 450 years ago have been revealed by the analysis of thousands of skeletons unearthed by MOLA archaeologists during construction of the Elizabeth line station at Liverpool Street.

Nov
01
2017
The ghoulish history of London’s “Corporation of Corpse Stealers”
The ghoulish history of London’s “Corporation of Corpse Stealers”

The ghoulish history of London’s “Corporation of Corpse Stealers”

An angry Londoner once wrote "The sudden resurrection of the Dead in Southwark is become the general Subject of Conversation, and has render’d Death far more frightful and Terrible,"

Jul
27
2017
Crossrail discovers a lost river and the Grains of Paradise
Crossrail discovers a lost river and the Grains of Paradise

Crossrail discovers a lost river and the Grains of Paradise

A lost river, only recently rediscovered has revealed some fascinating insights into daily life in Tudor London, including the exotic Grains of Paradise.

Feb
22
2017
Revealing the Roman Walbrook river under London
Revealing the Roman Walbrook river under London

Revealing the Roman Walbrook river under London

The Museum of London has opened a new display which shows off finds from the lost Walbrook valley and beyond and represents over 170 years of excavation in London.

Jan
14
2017
Hidden tunnel under Shakespeare’s Shoreditch theater
Hidden tunnel under Shakespeare’s Shoreditch theater

Hidden tunnel under Shakespeare’s Shoreditch theater

A three-month excavation in Shoreditch, of Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre has revealed details of a stage that is much longer than originally thought with evidence of a passageway running beneath it.

Nov
10
2016
Oldest reference to Roman London found in new tube station entrance
Oldest reference to Roman London found in new tube station entrance

Oldest reference to Roman London found in new tube station entrance

A number of Roman tablets found while excavating a new tube station entrance have been shown to contain the oldest known reference to the city of London, as well as a wealth of information about the Roman occupation of the city.

Jun
01
2016
Ticket Alert: Tours of the Shakespeare archeology site
Ticket Alert: Tours of the Shakespeare archeology site

Ticket Alert: Tours of the Shakespeare archeology site

Take a tour of the Curtain Theatre dig with archaeologists from MOLA who are currently excavating the 16th and 17th century Shakespearean playhouse’s remains.

May
20
2016
Rare example of early Roman Christianity found in Brentford
Rare example of early Roman Christianity found in Brentford

Rare example of early Roman Christianity found in Brentford

Just in time for Easter, volunteers at the Museum of London's Archaeological Archive have unearthed a rare example of Christian symbolism from Roman Britain.

Mar
27
2016
London Stone to move to the Museum of London
London Stone to move to the Museum of London

London Stone to move to the Museum of London

The venerable London Stone, of historic and mysterious antiquity, totemic protector of the City, and current resident of a branch of WH Smiths is to be moved to the Museum of London.

Mar
12
2016

A host of Shakespearean talks and walks announced

As archaeologists from the MOLA prepare to begin the excavation of the Curtain Theatre, a series of events, lectures and walking tours for members of the public has been announced.

Mar
09
2016
Roman Fresco Discovered next to Leadenhall Market
Roman Fresco Discovered next to Leadenhall Market

Roman Fresco Discovered next to Leadenhall Market

A huge and ornate fresco that probably adorned the residence of a wealthy Roman citizen has been discovered by archaeologists next to Leadenhall Market in the City of London.

Feb
05
2016
Solving the mystery of Roman London’s headless bodies
Solving the mystery of Roman London’s headless bodies

Solving the mystery of Roman London’s headless bodies

For the past 150 years, a mystery has surrounded part of the City of London, where an unusually large number of human skulls were discovered, but without their bodies.

Jan
09
2016
Medieval River Wall Uncovered in Parliament Gardens
Medieval River Wall Uncovered in Parliament Gardens

Medieval River Wall Uncovered in Parliament Gardens

A 700 year old stone wall has been discovered in the grounds of Parliament which could show the shoreline of the Thames before the embankment was constructed.

Apr
27
2015
Queen Boudica’s fire found under the Walkie Talkie skyscraper
Queen Boudica’s fire found under the Walkie Talkie skyscraper

Queen Boudica’s fire found under the Walkie Talkie skyscraper

The Walkie-Talkie skyscraper may have gained a reputation for frying eggs on the pavement, but its basement conceals remains of a much older conflagration -- the burning of London by Queen Boudica.

Mar
01
2015
Did you visit the Temple of Mithras in 1954?
Did you visit the Temple of Mithras in 1954?

Did you visit the Temple of Mithras in 1954?

This September marks sixty years since the discovery of the Roman Temple of Mithras under a building site near to Mansion House in the City of London.

Sep
25
2014