In the northern cemetery of Roman London: excavations at Spitalfields Market, London E1, 1991–2007


Malcolm McKenzie and Christopher Thomas with Natasha Powers and Angela Wardle


Beneath modern offices, markets, shops and restaurants, beneath the post-medieval suburb, beneath a medieval hospital and graveyard, MOLA archaeologists discovered evidence for the earliest use of the Spitalfields area – as a burial place for the city’s Roman dead. In the 4th century AD the area attracted some exceptionally rich burials, including the stone and lead coffins of the ‘Spitalfields Lady’, excavated in a storm of media interest in 1999. This monograph includes full details of the cemetery and the people buried there. Catalogued finds include unique, rare and imported objects, particularly glassware, which contribute to our understanding of the 4th-century town.

MOLA Monograph Series 58

MOLA 2020 ISBN 978-1-907586-51-4 Hb 221pp 162 bl/wh and col figs

The Spitalfields series includes: A bio-archaeological study of medieval burials on the site (MOLA Monograph 60, 2012); The Spitalfields suburb 1539–c 1880 (MOLA Monograph 61, 2015); The medieval priory and hospital of St Mary Spital and the Bishopsgate suburb (MOLA Monograph 59, 2019).