The Bridges that Built London
25 June 2012
The work of the Thames Discovery Programme (TDP), the community archaeology project now hosted by MoLA but still with a base at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, at Vauxhall was highlighted in the BBC documentary, where the condition of wooden piles from a late Bronze Age bridge or jetty (1770-1520 cal BC; 1620-1260 cal
BC) is being regularly monitored on the fast-eroding open foreshore.
Mention was also made of an 18th-century timber-faced pile-retained revetment recorded by the TDP near Billingsgate, a structure that would have been contemporary with the internationally-famous medieval London Bridge (1176-1830), and built using the same techniques seen in the starlings (foundations) of that now demolished City icon.