Institute of Archaeology


London before the Great Fire of 1666


This course takes the student on a journey from the origins of Roman London to the devastating fire of 1666, which destroyed the medieval city. The program offers a unique opportunity to see some of the hidden, inaccessible or overlooked gems of London’s past. It will also introduce students to the early history of the city they are currently living in and how the process of archaeology operates here.

The course follows London’s history chronologically and each weekly class will consist of a visit to a monument or area representing a particular aspect of London’s past, such as the remains of the Roman fort or the medieval guildhall. Classes will also be held in the Museum of London

On completion of the course students will have a solid overview of the development of London from AD50-1700 and a familiarity with the layout of the historical city, its physical remains, monuments and museum displays. Students will also be encouraged to consider the ways in which such remains are uncovered and presented to the public.

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Course information

  • Code: ARCL0085 (formerly ARCL6003)
  • Course element composition: 0.5 units
  • Coordinator: Stuart Brookes
  • Handbook: open»

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  • Running in 2018-19