‘The river’s tale’: archaeology on the Thames foreshore in Greater London


Nathalie Cohen and Eliott Wragg with Jon Cotton and Gustav Milne


The River Thames foreshore – London’s longest open-air archaeological site – provides evidence for past environments and structures from prehistory to the present, from fish traps to ferry points, barges to bridges. An army of dedicated volunteers working across Greater London with MOLA’s flagship community archaeology project, the Thames Discovery Programme, and its predecessor, the Thames Archaeological Survey, record the fast-changing archaeology of the capital’s beaches, before it is washed away forever. Their work is presented here in a book which celebrates the history of the Thames.

This book has been funded by Thames Clippers, the Port of London Authority and Tower Bridge and we would like to thank all of those organisations for their support.

MOLA 2017 ISBN 978-1-907586-45-3 Pb 116pp col ills throughout


This book is a lovely telling of the story of the river and its people, from the prehistoric rural communities living on its banks right up to the current community of archaeologists surrounded by a modern metropolis recording the very evidence of that long relationship.
Archaeology Ireland 2018

This nicely illustrated book is packed with information, and although aimed at the general reader, it is certain to appeal to all those interested in the history of London and the archaeology of riverine sites.
Michael Lewis in Medieval Archaeology 2018