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!
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