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The Thames Discovery Programme (TDP) follows in the footsteps of a large number of distinguished antiquarians, collectors, archaeologists and historians. Understanding the context of this research is an important aspect of assessing our current knowledge of the Thames and its use. We need to assess both the ideas previous scholars have had about the Thames and the records that they produced of the archaeology of the foreshore. As the TDP provides a high-precision base-line survey of selected areas of the foreshore, river wall and related structures, features and finds scatters at a known date, we can then compare and contrast the results with both earlier and later surveys, noting the changes. A full list of the research themes relating to this topic can be found in the Riverpedia Research Framework.

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Check out the articles below to learn more about Previous Investigations.

  • Antiquarian Observations
  • Commercial Units
  • Foreshore Pioneers
  • Previous Investigations
  • Thames Archaeological Survey
  • The HLF Project