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TDP Newsletter Spring 2012

TDP Newsletter Spring 2012

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Published by: Thames Discovery Programme on Aug 14, 2012
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Newsletter Spring 2012
Thank you for your interest in the Thames Discovery Programme (TDP)
You may have been a FROG member since the beginning, met us recently at one of our events or found us online
however you got here, welcome, and we hope you enjoy our newsletter! In this issueyou can find out more about the work of the FROG teams in Bermondsey, Vauxhall, Greenwich,Custom House, Bankside and in West London and about our forthcoming events. If you have anyquestions or would like to find out more about the Thames Discovery Programme, please get in touch:enquiries@thamesdiscovery.org
Join the Thames Discovery Programme,Historic Royal Palaces, Thames21 and theCity of London Archaeological Society toexplore the foreshore at the Tower of London
Newsletter contributors:
Helen Johnston (Greenwich), Peter Marchant (Custom House), Courtney Nimura(Bermondsey) and Solange La Rose (Vauxhall and Bankside). Edited by Nathalie Cohen
The Thames Discovery Programme is nowhosted by Museum of London Archaeology!Our contact details are: Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N17ED, Telephone
. We’re rarely
in the office so it may beeasier to contact us viaemail in the first instance. Also, you can find us onFacebook and Twitter 
 Bookings are now open for training to become amember of theForeshore Recording andObservation Group.Our new programme takesplace over four days and includes health andsafety training, lectures about Thamesarchaeology from the TDP team, foreshorefieldwork sessions on some iconic Londonbeaches and guided walks to sites of archaeological and historical interest. All this for acost of only
per day!
Summer session:Tuesday 19th
Friday 22nd June 2012
To book your place, please contact TDP FieldOfficer Eliott Wragg.Please note that attendanceat all four days of the training is required tocomplete the course and become a member of the FROG team.
We look forward to seeing you on theforeshore!
FROG Training - Book Now!
Vauxhall FROG
The Vauxhall Group may be small, but it’s perfectly
-formed and plucky to boot. Vauxhall has been a rather 
challenging site in many ways. We’ve been making
regular visits and been able to see first-hand the rapidchanges going on at the site. In the western half of thezone, where the Bronze-Age structure is situated,significant erosion has made access a bit hair-raising attimes, but it is also exposing peat deposits, newfeatures and flint fragments. This has given theVauxhall FROG a chance to improve our flint-flake-spotting skills. In the eastern half of the site, erosion isexposing more of the underlying peat and a discreteconcentration of fire-cracked flints. We also seem tohave a couple of little new islands appearing along thesite, which appear to be made of redeposited material.
There’s everything to play for at Vauxhall, as the site is
earmarked for significant disruption as part of Thames
Water’s Tideway Tunnel project but the TDP, with
support from English Heritage and SLAEC, are on thecase!
Bankside FROG
The Bankside Group has been visiting the sitequite regularly over the past 6 months and is nowgetting to grips with the complexities of not only thesite itself, but also the original survey, especially asthe area has changed considerably over the past
15 or so years. We’re finding that, as the site is
large and there are lots of structures and features,
we’ve naturally divided it into thirds, rather than
trying to do the whole lot in one go each time.
We’re already noticing changes, with erosion
resulting in the exposure of previously-coveredpeat levels, and the deterioration of the bottom of the main access route, Globe Stairs. There hasalso been some deposition with the growth of anenormous pile of pebbles and allsorts, now known
as ‘The Beast’. There’s lots of ongoing FROGging
to be doing at this site, although this is one thatmay be affected by the Jubilee/Olympics jamborees, so this summer could be a bit tricky.
We’ll keep posting photos and updates though.
News from the Foreshore Recording and Observation Group
Photos by Roger ChapmanPhotos by Solange La Rose
 At the ForeshoreForum in September 2011 our grouppresented work fromthe previous year.
Peter’s segment
Then and Now 
showed historicalphotographs of thewaterfront andcompared them withhis own over the last50 years. Jeannepresented the
Foreshore inContext 
andexplained our methodology for monitoring andrecording, while
Foreshore Forays
showed artefacts we’ve found from a Late Iron Age sherd to a discarded Russian
revolver! Margaret finished the talk with
History on the Street 
, taking us further from the site to relevant historicallocations in the Bermondsey vicinity. Altogether we felt the conference was not only informative but a great
opportunity to meet some new FROGs and touch base with those we hadn’t seen since in awhile. In November 
we visited the Brunel Museum and Tunnel entrance, which set the tone for our winter research schedule.We began 2012 with a presentation of historical maps of Bermondsey by our fellow FROG Alan Haigh. Our grouphas always been interested in connecting what is happening on the waterfront to the foreshore archaeology, and
we have collected over 10 maps spanning from 1688 to the present day. Reconstructing the history of Chamber’s
Wharf and the surrounds has shed light on a number of features. Some, such as Three Mariners stairs, now onlyexist on the historical maps. In March some FROGs attended the Thames Shipbuilding Symposium at theMuseum of London in Docklands. Most recently we met at LAARC to attend a session led by FROG CourtneyNimura on our new monitoring system. We have spent the winter brainstorming about how we can make the
Feature List 
user-friendlier for some of our members who feel uncomfortable with computers. We now have a plan
to test this new system throughout the summer as well as record the features under Chamber’s Wharf in greater 
detail. With our tide tables and recording plans organised, the field season has officially begun!
From left to right: Edna Wolfson, Margaret Sparks, JeanneLewis, Peter Baistow, Courtney Nimura, Cathy Butler
West London FROG
The group has beenbusy visiting key sitesacross West London,including Chiswick,Hammersmith, Brentfordand Isleworth, wherethese photographs weretaken in February 2012.
Photos by Paul Clabburn

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