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.



MOLA Monographs

This summer will see the publication of at least three monographs in the MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) series to which I've contributed. Together they account for some of the biggest projects I worked on during my ten years as Senior Archaeologist and Project Officer at MoLAS, and it is great to see them getting published. All of these projects were both challenging and stimulating, and each of them has tangibly progressed our understanding of London's past. I learnt a huge amount on each of these projects and it was a privilege to work with some of the best archaeologists in the country; my thanks and congratulations to everyone involved from the project planning to the final archiving.


First out is the 'Upper Walbrook valley cemetery of Roman London' which is just about to hit the bookstands. http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/the-upper-walbrook-valley-cemetery-of-roman-london.html The cemetery was laid out within a marginal and eroding landscape and casts new light on the famed 'Walbrook skulls' as well as posing new questions about the nature of burial and beliefs in Roman London.

Also out this summer will be the monograph covering the excavations at Plantation Place, Fenchurch Street, where we discovered a previously unknown Roman fort dating to immediately after the Boudican revolt http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/an-early-roman-fort-and-urban-development-on-londinium-s-eastern-hill.html. The massive excavations at Spitalfields will be covered by four volumes: the osteology volume is already published http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/the-spitalfields-suburb-1539-c-1880.html, and the post-medieval will soon follow http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/the-spitalfields-suburb-1539-c-1880.html, with the Roman and medieval sequences to follow.

Also out soon is a project I co-supervised but where I didn't work on the post-excavation. The fantastic Roman glass-working evidence from 35 Basinghall Street is published in a new monograph later this year http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/glass-working-on-the-margins-of-roman-london.html