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ArcheologyAs part of the Thameslink Programme we’ve unearthed history that laid buried up to six metres below the soil.

We’ve been working closely with Costain, Oxford Archaeology and Pre-Construct Archaeology to study these items and find out more about the history of where we are working.

London Bridge redevelopment

Hundreds of historic artefacts have been found and preserved during excavations under the arches of London Bridge station, which are giving insight into the first settlement in the area.

Timber piles constructed from trees felled between AD59 to AD83 were discovered and may have formed part of a substantial waterfront building on the edge of the settlement south of the first London Bridge.

The project has unearthed a wealth of everyday objects used by people who lived and worked in the area over the preceding centuries.

Fragments of Medieval floors and walls have also been found which may have been part of the large houses along Tooley Street which are known to have belonged to important clerics such as the Prior of Lewes.

More recent discoveries, dating from the 16th to18th centuries, include evidence of industry in the area such as kilns for making clay tobacco pipes.

Borough viaduct

Archaeological work during construction of the new Borough Viaduct uncovered a wealth of remains from the Roman, Saxon, medieval and more recent periods that provide a fascinating insight into the formation and growth of the ancient settlement at Southwark.

Stand out finds include:

  • Traces of early Roman military occupation
  • Evidence for the Boudican revolt
  • A previously unknown Roman bathhouse under Borough High Street
  • Substantial evidence for the Saxon/medieval defences of the settlement
  • The remains of townhouses of important medieval clerics and the St. Saviour’s/Park Street burial ground

Next steps

The results of the work are currently being analysed by our archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology and pre-Construct Archaeology for future publication. All the finds and records will be deposited with the Museum of London at the completion of the work.

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