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Community Archaeology in London

13 August 2014

Community Archaeology Project at Headstone Manor, Harrow

Gabriel Moshenska and Charlotte Frearson have been working with the Museum of London this summer on a community archaeology project in Harrow, North London.

The project, based at Headstone Manor, a medieval moated site that is part of Harrow Museum, uncovered the remains of a postmedieval farm workers' cottage as well as medieval and Romano-British finds. Excavations on the site were overseen by Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA).

The project hosted a series of education sessions for local primary and secondary schools, including experience excavating and processing finds. It also included a fieldschool to offer a more in-depth experience of archaeology to members of the public, some of whom are considering studying archaeology at university.

Community Archaeology Project at Headstone Manor, Harrow

A number of Institute of Archaeology undergraduate, Masters and PhD students took part in the project as volunteer mentors and excavators. The project is part of a series of community projects that the Museum of London has run over the past decade, but marks the first with UCL as a collaborator, in what it is hoped will be a continuing partnership.

The Institute's involvement in this project is part of its ongoing commitment to public engagement and outreach activities and its remit to provide archaeological opportunities of the highest quality to all, regardless of background.