Welcome to the Urban Archaeology blog. Freelance archaeologist Chiz Harward provides a range of on and offsite services to the archaeological profession, including running and working on excavations, post-excavation services, training and development work, and illustration work. This weblog will carry news of projects as and when they happen as well as wider thoughts on archaeological issues, especially recording, stratigraphy and training.

New article on 100 Minories and the City Ditch

I've written a short article describing the infilling of the London City Ditch. We are currently digging down through the ditch at 100 Minories and have been finding some beautiful artefacts, as well as timber structures and buildings dating from after the ditch was infilled.
17th century Lion mask glass stem, probably dating 1620-1642
Read more at http://100minories.lparchaeology.com/levelling-the-land-the-infilling-of-the-city-ditch-1600-1760/

Clay pipe training at 100 Minories

As part of the #100Symposium, we have been trying out different ways of training staff, developing skills, and increasing awareness of the various facets of the archaeology of London. At the start of site we ran a series of short handling sessions using an assemblage of unstratified clay tobacco pipes we had recovered during the watching brief phase. The collection of about 40 pipe bowls dated from the early 17th century to late 18th century and represented a good cross-section of undecorated pipe forms.

Read more at http://100minories.lparchaeology.com/clay-tobacco-pipe-training/

100 Minories website

The excavation at 100 Minories in the City of London is well under way, and there is now a project website where you can read more about the site background and what we are up to: http://100minories.lparchaeology.com/

The excavation is being carried out by LP Archaeology, with Chiz Harward of Urban Archaeology acting as Project Officer in charge of the excavation.