Excavation of WWII bomb shelters
26 July 2010
In July Gabriel Moshenska led an excavation into a series of WWII bomb shelters in north London that had remained hidden for over 60 years.
Based on his research in conflict archaeology, which has included months within the borough's archives, Gabriel believes the shelters, unearthed in Sunny Hill Park near Hendon, can be dated back to the period from mid-June 1939 to mid-March 1940. Hendon Borough Council (as it was at the time), was given responsibility to find shelter space for about 17,000 people in the area, and built a series of similar structures across eight parks.
Gabriel's community archaeology project, undertaken in conjunction with the Hendon and District Archaeological Society (HADAS) and local schoolchildren, took part in last month's CBA Festival of British Archaeology and featured in local media. Further information is available on the UCL website.