This site was not investigated by the Thames Archaeological Survey. Features of interest recorded by the TDP / FROG include a very large gridiron, a World War II mine watching post and extensive Bronze Age peat deposits. Particularly notable are the substantial remains of at least four wooden barges, hulked on the foreshore and largely covered in silt. Initial observations suggest that some of this group may be ballast lighters. Such vessels were once very common Thames craft, used to transport quantities of gravel dredged from river but no examples of wooden ballast lighters survive in working order today, and thus we have a unique opportunity at Tripcockness to record them: another first for the Thames Discovery Programme.

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