Given its central place in the city's history, it's unsurprising that the River Thames should be full of archaeological interest. However, as a tidal river it is in constant movement, making the recording of its sites an important and pressing matter. The Thames Discovery Programme is undertaking a major project to do just that, building upon the work of previous surveys. I joined them for a low tide walk along the foreshore below Customs House - on what turned out to be an unusually muddy morning!
The foreshore here has especially generous quantities of shells - it's right next to Old Billingsgate Market - as well as bones.
On a larger scale, various wooden structures remain along the shore and under the buildings.
Chalk was used to make beds for barges to sit upon.
This small section of the foreshore extends over three parishes, as indicated by markers on the river wall.
If the thought of a visit to the foreshore appeals (and I'm assured that it's usually a lot less muddy) then check here for further events.