Archaeology Ambassadors discover Roman London at 80 Fenchurch Street

Suzie Haworth
14.03.2016

We recently invited Archaeology Ambassadors to join us for a site tour at 80 Fenchurch Street to gain insights into one of our current excavation projects. Accompanied by Marcus Boret from Property Development Company Marick Real Estate, our Ambassadors learnt about the history of the site and the exciting new development that will occupy the site in the future. Director of Development and Fundraising, Suzie Haworth, reveals a little about their behind the scenes tour.

The site of 80 Fenchurch Street is situated on the outskirts of the original Roman city of London and has already offered a large number of finds from the Roman period. Experienced archaeologist Lesley Dunwoodie and Project Manager, Claire Cogar, led us around the site and shared their expertise and extensive knowledge of urban archaeology. Our Ambassadors experienced the origins of London first-hand and saw some of the fascinating artefacts discovered that day including: a Roman cremation urn, a complete glass drinking vessel, stamped tiling, and an impressive copper-alloy jug which was found intact. Whilst on site we watched while the team uncovered the remains of a domestic Roman building and a large Roman oven that, because of its size, is thought to have belonged to a commercial bakery. Tantalising new evidence pre-dating Roman occupation was also being excavated.  

The educational site tour was enjoyed by all and I’d like to thank Marick Real Estate for allowing our Archaeology Ambassadors to go behind the scenes to witness archaeological discoveries as they happened on a high profile urban regeneration project, in this most ancient part of the capital.

If you are interested in being an Archaeology Ambassador, please contact our Director of Development and Fundraising, Suzie Haworth, at shaworth@mola.org.uk or 0207 410 2233.

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