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The archaeology of Walthamstow – a pop-up exhibition

By 03/09/2021September 7th, 2021News

PCA, in conjunction with MOLA, will be holding a free exhibition at The Mill community centre on Coppermill Lane on Saturday 25th September, from 10am-4pm.

The exhibition will present the results of recent PCA excavations at Holy Family Catholic School and Sixth Form in Walthamstow Village, next to the Church of St Mary. The work was undertaken ahead of the construction of a new sports hall adjacent to Vinegar Alley, a medieval footpath linking the church to Shernhall Street.

The earliest phase of activity revealed by our excavations was a late Bronze Age roundhouse with associated pit groups, probably a farmstead. In the late Roman period a group of four timber framed buildings occupied the site. These have been interpreted as farm buildings, possibly attached to a larger villa complex nearby. A medieval field system was represented by a series of ditches and pits.

A range of fascinating finds from the excavations will be on display, bringing 3000 years of Walthamstow’s past to life.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see how the River Lea has influenced life in Walthamstow since its earliest prehistory, and to learn more about the techniques archaeologists use to investigate the past.

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Plan of the site showing the wealth of archaeological features revealed during excavations.