Archaeology of Greater London online map

Project partner: 
Historic England
Date: 
2015

Have a play with our Archaeology of Greater London interactive map (external link)

These maps present a selection of the most notable finds and sites from London's prehistoric, Roman, Saxon, and medieval past, all shown over the modern landscape. You can explore them by clicking, holding and dragging the cursor on the map, and you may zoom in and out using the mouse wheel or the plus and minus buttons. You can even see the notable finds made in your local area by clicking on the magnifying glass icon and typing in a road name. A summary of each map is provided on the left of the screen, while the legend on the right provides a key to the finds and sites represented by the points. 

Each map also shows the main water courses and the generalised surface geology of the Greater London area, both of which have played their part in determining how the region was occupied. When viewing all of London, the general concentration of finds is shown as a coloured layer, while zooming in will display the find spots themselves. Clicking on an individual point displays more detail for it, including its period, and the borough in which it was found.   

In printed form, these maps originally accompanied the 2000 publication The Archaeology of Greater London, which presented a broad summary of what we have learnt about London in each period form the archaeological evidence. This is available as a free download from the MOLA website

Since this resource is based on a selection made in 1999 from the London-wide database of archaeological sites, historic buildings, parks landscapes and finds maintained by Historic England (the Greater London Historic Environment Record GLHER), it should  not  be relied on for up to date planning investigations of detailed historic research. Rather the GLHER, with whom copyright of this data rests,  should be consulted for the most up to date information.  The data displayed on the MOLA site is not licenced for commercial re-use.

Find the detailed how to guide for the Archaeology of Greater London map here.