The good news is that I am starting doing real physical Guided Walks again at the end of May. We are going to start giving an Archaeology walk every Thursday evening at 6.30. I am sharing them with a colleague, Leo Heaton. She is doing the first on on the 20th May, and I am doing the second on the 27th May. Later we plan to do another walk in the afternoon. I am also putting together a series of special, repertory walks for London walks running throughout the summer. To book click here
In researching my Prehistoric Virtual Walk (Sunday 25/04/21 Details) I came across many great sites of interest. Here are a few
Barn Elms – London’s Oppidum?
This is a lecture by Alex Barnes – only 15 minutes, long and about a site in South West London that just might be an important Iron Age centre of power, which might explain all that great metalwork found in the River Thames over the centuries.
The Early River Thames – the Iron Age and Before
This is a lecture by Jon Cotton in the Gresham College Series.
Gives interesting insights.
Horton Neolithic Houses
I don’t know how I missed this site, as it was reported in archaeological magazines I read, but it is an amazing multi-period site in the Thames Valley. Excavations before gravel extraction have shown a particularly amazing sequence of Neolithic and Bronze Age discoveries.
They found 4 or 5 early Neolithic Houses, about 15% of those that have been found in the entire UK, and an amazing placed deposit, which contained a collection of objects dating back thousands of years. In effect, a ‘museum’ collection.
I’ll let you read it from the horse’s mouth. To read click here.
This has been a long time coming and only made possible by the need to go Virtual during the Pandemic. I have never done a prehistoric walk around London as such. I have done sections of it, and given lectures on the subject. But they were mostly overviews. This has therefore been a challenge putting this together, but a necessary revision of my knowledge.
So please do join me on:
Sunday 25th April 2021 6.30pm
An exploration of London before the foundation of Londinium
It was long thought that London was founded by a Trojan Exile in the Late Bronze Age. But historical analysis and archaeological excavation gradually demoted the idea to a myth.
On this tour we explore what was in the London area before the Romans. We begin at Heathrow and tour Greater London for evidence from the Paleolithic to the invasion of the Emperor Claudius.
We concentrate on the period since the introduction of farming, and bring together evidence for the prehistoric Kingdoms that controlled the area on the eve of the Invasion. We look for henges, barrows, hill forts, hut circles and look at genetic evidence for identity of prehistoric Londoners. The tour will end in the City.
This is a London Walks event by Kevin Flude, ex Museum of London Archaeology and Museum Curator
THE DECLINE AND FALL OF ROMAN LONDON ARCHAEOLOGY VIRTUAL WALK
Thursday 13th May 2021 6.30pm
An exploration of what happened at the end of the Roman Period, and how the City became deserted, and then, reborn as an English City.
THE LONDON OF THOMAS MORE AND THOMAS CROMWELL.
THE CITY OF WOLF HALL VIRTUAL BOAT TRIP AND WALK
Sunday 16 May 2021 6.30pm
We begin on the River touring by boat the Tudor Palaces that were the backdrop to the drama of Henry’s Court. We then walk around the City to find where the two Thomases lived and died.
JANE AUSTEN’S VIRTUAL LONDON – A PICTURE OF LONDON 1809 WALK
Sunday 23rd May 2021 6.30pm
With the help of a contemporary Guide Book, her letters, and works we explore Austen’s London
THE FINANCIAL CITY FROM SLAVERY TO HEDGE FUND VIRTUAL WALK
SUNDAY 30th May 2021 6.30pm
A Virtual Walk in the historic City of London on the development of the Financial City from 16th Century t?o the present day