2012 was an eventful year for Vauxhall FROG, and2013 is shaping up to be even more so. The VauxhallFROG team has been awarded £1,000 of Council forBritish Archaeology (CBA) Challenge Funding to fundtheir ongoing research into the prehistoric and industrialhistories of the Vauxhall foreshore.The Vauxhall foreshore is a fascinating but under-researched area of London. When the tide is low
enough, we can see prehistoric remains; the Bronze
Age structure and Mesolithic timbers, and the lithicsand prehistoric pottery. We also have its more recentindustrial history, from the later eighteenth- to mid-
twentieth centuries. The work carried out by the FROG
is intended to bridge the gap between the land andthe river and to produce an accessible guide to thearchaeology on the Thames foreshore at Vauxhall.We have recently made connections with localheritage groups, and we are currently working on amapping project to help us to understand the remains
on the foreshore.
City of London/Trig Lane FROG
City of London FROG is now monitoring thecentral stretch of foreshore on the north bank fromBlackfriars Bridge to London Bridge. This stretch of riverfront has a long history of trade activity and theFROG aims to investigate the complicated foreshorearchaeology which includes bargebeds, wharves, riverstairs, piers and jetties. We are also interested in thephases of building, rebuilding and modication of theembankment walls themselves.We’d be interested in collaborating with other FROGs
working within the same area, and we’d be happy forany unattached FROGs to join us for monitoring visits,
or to just come along to have a look. If you have anyexperience in pottery identication, or would like topractice on newly-found artifacts, do come along.Details are always posted on the Ning network andthere are some pictures on Flickr. If you’re not yet aFROG, use the opportunity to get trained up in April!
Greenwich FROGs have been busy over the winter. In
February we spent a fascinating day at the Greenwich
Heritage Centre pouring over their archives. There wasa whole host of useful maps, plans, and documents,mostly relating to the Borough of Greenwich, butseveral useful items for other sites on the Thames aswell. It’s well worth a visit!We have had a couple of successful monitoring visitsto Greenwich Palace since the start of the year, despitefreezing temperatures, and misbehaving river levels.The site is still eroding, and changing rapidly, eventhe Trafalgar Tavern end of the site, which seems tobe more stable, has had noticeable changes. We hada good poke around that end of the site on our lastvisit and looked at some of the mooring features andbargebeds that are now visible. We are starting to buildup a collection of plans, photos and pictures relatingto this section, so hopefully, we’ll be able to build up a
picture of the businesses and activity that happened onthis section of the foreshore.
The other success on our last visit was nding a new
feature within two minutes of being the foreshore.
Which is a record, even for us! It’s a stone jetty leadingfrom the centre of the Naval College river steps. There’sa jetty in that position marked on several maps andplans, so it’s exciting to nd it in reality! There is a lot of work to do during the eldwork in April to investigateall the new features that have appeared in the last year.
Bermondsey and Rotherhithe FROG
The B&R FROG are extremely grateful that the CBAhas granted us £1,000 to conduct eldwork on oursites over the next couple of years. We have remainedbusy all winter. A few months ago our prehistoric peatdeposits were exposed more than we have seen inover 3 years of monitoring, and we managed to nd
worked ints! We also have a number of excitingresearch goals for the coming season, including a studyon the use of handheld GPS devices for monitoring on
Bankside needs you!
The Bankside FROG are looking for new members to
join them in their quest to monitor this historic part
of the foreshore. Stretching from Cannon Street toBlackfriars Railway Bridges, the site has everything fromprehistory to post-medieval archaeology. If you are aFROG and want to join up, email Courtney. If you aren’ta FROG take advantage of April training to get started!
. Recent blogsinclude
The Blessing of the Thames
by FROG Rose
Have You Seen a Campshed Lately?
byFROG Margaret Sparks.