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.

Hot off the presses.... The Spitalfields suburb 1539–c 1880

Just had news that the second MOLA Spitalfields monograph has arrived back from the printers and should be available soon....congratulations to everyone who worked on the many excavations (over 26 separate sites) and the post-ex process.

THE SPITALFIELDS SUBURB 1539–_C_ 1880: EXCAVATIONS AT SPITALFIELDS MARKET, LONDON E1, 1991–2007 by Chiz Harward, Nick Holder and Nigel Jeffries

'One of London’s largest archaeological excavations took place at Spitalfields Market, on the north-eastern fringe of the historic city, between 1991 and 2007. This book presents an archaeological history from the 16th to the 19th
centuries, reconnecting the archaeological assemblages with documentary evidence in order to describe the place, people and possessions of the early modern suburb of Spitalfields.
Following the closure of the medieval priory of St Mary Spital in the 1530s and the construction of private mansions, the largely residential enclave grew into the suburb of Spitalfields in the 17th century as landowners built clusters of houses in the former fields and developer-builders constructed some of London’s first terraced houses in the 1680s over the former military training ground. Development continued piecemeal in all areas over the next centuries.
Analysis of the artefacts – pottery, glasswares, clay tobacco pipes and other domestic items – and of the botanical and faunal remains discarded in the privies of these houses throws new light on the household economies and leisure activities of, in particular, the Georgian and Victorian residents, a number of whom were involved in the silk industry and who included Huguenot and Jewish families.
A series of essays bring an archaeological perspective to wider historical themes such as the religious life, architecture, sanitation and administration of this flourishing post-medieval suburb.'

ISBN: 9781907586293 | Published by: Museum of London Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2015 | Language: English 360p