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The Prescot Street dig – London

March 17, 2008

The first bucket loadThe Prescot Street dig has started at 41 – 63 Prescot Street, Aldgate.

The site is about 3500 metres square and lies in the modern London Borough of Tower Hamlets, east of the City of London.

The Prescot Street site lies at the centre of what is known as the East London Roman cemetery. This was one of several cemeteries serving the Roman settlement of Londinium and it’s suburbs. It is one of the largest areas of undeveloped land within the area where the Roman cemetery once existed.

Today, the site is undergoing it’s first redevelopment since the Second World War, when most buildings were bomb damaged. It is being developed by Grange Hotels.

Community Involvement

The project will have a strong public archaeology element. This ranges from outreach sessions in schools and with interested community groups, resources for teachers, work with post graduate students at University College London, and of course the production and maintenance of this site. We will also participate in National Archaeology Week in July 2008, and will provide further information on activities on this site.

Website:  http://www.lparchaeology.com/prescot/ which will be constantly updated

Email Lorna Richardson of L – P Archaeology with any questions: l.richardson@lparchaeology.com

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