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 to, as an archive and for those of you not on social media. Here’s our posts from the 18 – 24 April 2020

Explore the foreshore from your living room

For the last few years, David Fletcher has been doing guerilla photogrammetry on the foreshore and at historic sites across London. Get lost in the dozens of 3D models on his SketchFab!

Here’s his Thames foreshore collection

Read the foreshore classic!

Arguably, the book that started it all… Treasures in the Thames by Ivor Noel Hume. The classic of Thames foreshore archaeology. You can find second-hand copies, but they can be scarce and expensive. However, it is available as an ebook online, free to download.

Catch up with the 2018 Foreshore Forum

Missed our 10th Anniversary Forum in 2018? Never fear, most of the presentations were videoed, so you can catch up from the comfort of your sofa!

The talks featured the latest news about Thames archaeology, and intertidal research from around the world.

The Thames Beater


Over on Twitter, Professor Dan Hicks of the Pitt rivers Museum has been doing a daily #MuseumsUnlocked from different museums around the UK. The 21 April was the Museum for London and we had this!

It’s tough to pick our favourites, as there so many great Thames finds in the museum, but the Thames Beater has a special place in our hearts, found at Chelsea by Nathalie Cohen and Mike Webber with the Thames Archaeological Survey in the 90’s. Here they are with it a few years ago.

What was it used for? Well, sorry to say, probably beating people. Read more about this fascinating piece of experimental archaeology with a replica beater, in Antiquity Journal

You can view some of the Museum of London’s Thames artefacts in their online catalogue

Climate Change and Archaeology

The 22 April was #EarthDay2020 – a really important part of what we do is to monitor the impact of climate change on Thames foreshore archaeology. Here’s Joe Flatman, one of our original TDP Steering Group members, explaining what archaeology can teach us about climate change in a mini-lecture for UCL Institute of Archaeology

Learn about Lundenwic

Learn more about the Thames-side Saxon settlement of Lundenwic with MOLA’s Lyn Blackmore, in the area of the Strand and Covent Garden!

The Tudor Jetty at Greenwich


It’s been almost 10 years since we first uncovered the jetty at #Greenwich Palace during our fieldwork. We managed to squeeze in a few days of fieldwork there before the lockdown in March, and you can see how badly the structure has been effected by erosion since then – and the foreshore reinforcements which had to be installed a few years ago to protect the river wall from undermining.

There’s been a lot of speculation about the jetty, but we’re now fairly confident that it’s an early 17th-century rebuild of the long jetty for the Palace. You can see an earlier version on the 1558 panorama by Anton van den Wyngaerde