As we can’t get out on to the foreshore at the moment, we’re sharing some of our #ForeshoreFavourites on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We’ll do a regular FROG blog round up too, as an archive and for those of you not on social media. Here are our posts from the 13th – 19th June 2020.

Sites and Finds

We completed our week of #WhatsOnYourShelves with a recommended read – the wonderful London in Fragments by Ted Sandling, you can read our review of it here.

For the remainder of the week, we looked at some of our foreshore sites in east and south London. We started at Bankside and a look at the development of the TaDPoles. For Tidal Tuesday, we went all the way downstream to Tripcockness a very muddy site with some very interesting barges. Wednesday saw us at our new site at Trinity Buoy Wharf, and the site of the Thames Ironworks. We rounded off the week continuing with a nautical theme – exploring the Castle’s shipbreaking site at Charlton and the launch site of the SS Great Eastern at Burrells Wharf.

You can watch a Time Team Special about the latter two sites online. For more information about ships and shipping, you can also check out the new online resource available from Lloyds Register Foundation, Heritage and Education Centre HERE.


Our #TidalTuesday post about Tripcockness got us thinking about MUD. In the 1990s during the Thames Archaeological Survey, we recorded areas of mud on the foreshore as ‘features’ on our site plans and we have lots of photos in the archive of mud! So we have a challenge for YOU – with decreased boat traffic during lockdown there’s a lot more mud about so please send us your favourite muddy foreshore picture for our archive! The best one (chosen unscientifically from the judging panel in my house – which is me and my kids) will win a PRIZE – copies of Current Archaeology from 2010 and 2019, which feature front cover articles about the TDP & a copy of the now sold-out Rivers Tale.

You can email your photos to Nathalie. Last entry 25th June and the winner will be announced on 26th June!

Museums Unlocked

We joined in with two themes for Museums Unlocked this week – sharing an article about the mosaic at Queenhithe, and some gold artefacts from the river, including this lovely 18th century mourning ring, found by Stefano Ambrogi.