to improve London
Bridge station as part
of the Thameslink upgrade is giving archaeologists their first access to this important historical site since the Victorians carved it up with railways around 150 years ago. Substantial Roman
remains, as well as foundations and objects from the Saxon and Medieval
times, have recently been uncovered, reports SE1 website.
Besides the station dig, the area
has recently seen extensive mud-shovelling to build The Shard and The Place, as well as reworking bridges and buildings around Borough Market. The turmoil is yielding a steady stream of discoveries on this most ancient part
, settled by the Romans
at the same time as Londonium across the Thames.
Perhaps the biggest find is the remains of one of the earliest buildings known in Southwark. A pit near Joiner Street has yielded 17 timber piles, part
of a structure from the first century AD. Little is known about this eastern edge of Southwark in Roman
times, and these are exciting times for excavators. Two years ago, a Roman baths
was found on Borough High Street.
Most discoveries will go to the Museum of London
. As part
of planning consent, a display area
of artefacts will also be constructed in the new London