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.



Current Archaelogy article: Spitalfields Market post-medieval book


This month's Current Archaeology magazine contains an article on the MOLA Spitalfields Market project in London, which I co-wrote with finds specialist Nigel Jeffries (MOLA). The excavations in Spitalfields were one of London's largest ever excavations and were carried out between 1991 and 2007. I was a supervisor on the excavations and and worked on the post-excavation from 1998 to 2008, contributing to the medieval and post-medieval monographs.

Current Archaeology 310 - now on sale!

The article looks back on the fascinating post-medieval sequence, and gives a short summary of some of what we found and how we looked at the evidence for past inhabitants. The entire post-medieval sequence has recently been published as a MOLA Monograph:

"This volume of the Spitalfields series covers the period from the closure of the medieval priory of St Mary Spital in the 1530s to the 19th centuries and reconnects the archaeological assemblages with documentary evidence in order to describe the early modern suburb, its people and their possessions. From the private mansions and artillery ground of the 16th century to London’s first terraced houses in the 1680s, and on to Spitalfields Market and the silk industry of the 18th and 19th centuries, the household economies and leisure activities of the residents are revealed, notably by the items discarded in their cesspits!"

The article is in Current Archaeology Issue 310: